For the sixth time Michelle Mungall and the NDP have introduced a poverty reduction act in the Legislature.
“We have some of Canada’s highest poverty levels and yet we are the only province without a plan to reduce poverty,” said Mungall. “Housing prices and the cost of living continue to rise and food bank use is at an all-time high while homelessness as exploded with over 70 tent cities in the Lower Mainland alone.”
The Poverty Reduction and Economic Inclusion Act mandates the government to set specific targets and goals to reduce poverty in the province. Christy Clark’s Liberal Government has so far declined to debate the act.
“Since 2013, I have brought this act forward five times. Each time Christy Clark has decided that the concerns of her corporate donors are more important than hundreds of thousands of British Columbians,” said Mungall.
“BC desperately needs a plan. We could do this if we had a willing government.”