Liberal-Lie-a-Day: Dion vows to reduce poverty
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
How refreshing the Federal Liberal Leader Stepane Dion is carrying on the Decades old Pinnochio tradition of rhetoric which Liberal are famous for. Now Public readers can google Stats Canada figures on Poverty, and lo and behold when the Liberal were in power for over a decade before the Stephen Harper and this Conservatives came to power, Poverty under the Liberal Regime was appalling. Under the Conservative Government, the dollar is up, reaching heights never seen before, unemployment is down since the 1960's. Something the Liberals in their entire reign have never even cooming close to accomplishing.
My Final Thought
Canadians know a good thing when they experience economic progress, and under the Liberals, this was an experience Canadians do not want to repeat.
TORONTO -- Liberal Leader Stephane Dion, in a major policy announcement aimed at attacking poverty, vowed on Friday he will create a "greener, richer and fairer" Canada.
Mr. Dion said his plan -- "the strongest government action in a generation" -- aims to share Canada's prosperity with seniors, children living below the poverty line, single mothers and the working poor.
Mr. Dion, comparing his strategy to that of former British prime minister Tony Blair, set targets to reduce the number of people living below the poverty line by 30% and cutting the number of poor children by 50%.
"Today we aim high," said Mr. Dion, in a speech to the Learning Enrichment Foundation in Toronto. "In five or six years, I want all of you to say you were there when Canada's next prime minister set out his 30/50 plan."
It's likely the Liberals see the issue as one that will resonate with Canadian voters.
In a poll released amid much federal election speculation last month the issue that prompted the most support was help for families living in poverty.
"In the next federal election, we will present to Canadians a compelling platform that will lower the overall tax burden of Canadians, make further progress on federal debt repayment, and will invest in the priorities of Canadians for a richer Canada, a greener Canada, and a fairer Canada.
"The fight against poverty that we are proposing today will be a key part of this platform. It will be fully costed and affordable," the Liberal leader said.
Under the plan, a Liberal government would:
-- create a new benefit to encourage and reward work and give Canadians a springboard to independence;
-- support working families by making the non-refundable child credit into a refundable credit and expand and improve the Canada Child Tax benefit, so that even people who do not pay taxes receive a benefit; and
-- help lift vulnerable seniors out of poverty by increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement payments for the lowest income seniors, ensure that the loss of a partner does not drive the surviving spouse below the low-income threshold, and encourage and reward those seniors who choose to participate in the workforce.