On Tuesday, November 24, the House of Commons marked the 20th anniversary of a unanimous 1989 resolution by Parliament to eradicate child poverty by the year 2000. Now, a decade later and on the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, The Canadian Council of Churches formally endorses the Dignity for All campaign for a poverty free Canada. To indicate your support, sign on at www.dignityforall.ca.
The Canadian Council of Churches, together with its partners in the Dignity for All campaign, wants:
Brief Presented to The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons Disabilities - June 1, 2009
Dear Prime Minister Harper,
As nations leaders of Canadian churches and members of the Canadian Council of Churches, we call on our government to take immediate steps to develop and implement a national poverty reduction strategy.
Now is an opportune time for your Party to make a commitment to develop and implement a poverty reduction strategy with specific targets and timelines for reducing poverty in Canada. A joint letter to all political party leaders from
Dear Prime Minister,
I write to you today on an important anniversary. Fifteen years ago the House of Commons unanimously voted to end child poverty in Canada, and to do so by the year 2000. Today however more than one million children, or one in every six children in our country, live in a low-income family.
“We affirm the commitments made in the Speech from the Throne to 'extend and make more accessible Employment Insurance benefits for parental leave', to 'make a third significant investment in the National Child Benefit' and to reach an agreement with the Provinces 'on a national action plan … to increase resources and further strengthen supports for early childhood development'”.