NEWS RELEASE · 9th July 2013
Despite new statistics showing that B.C. has had the worst child poverty rate in Canada for the past decade, the B.C. Liberals refuse to bring in a poverty reduction plan, say the New Democrats.
"Premier Christy Clark promised to share the economic benefits of the province with everyone and her speech from the throne promised to secure a bright future for B.C.'s children, yet we see that for the tenth year in a row, B.C. is at the bottom of the pack when it comes to tackling child poverty," said New Democrat children and families critic Carole James.
"Making matters worse, this government has no plan to address this serious issue which has the potential to follow these children for the rest of their lives."
The Statistics Canada numbers show that B.C. is tied with Manitoba for worst child poverty in the country. British Columbia has had the worst rates of child poverty in the country for 9 out of the last 10 years.
"This government has had 12 years to act, and the result is an increase of 6000 children living in poverty in just one year," said James. "Yet rather than tackling this serious issue, the Liberal government is fixated on going through yet another 'core review' of government. The review we need is a review of how the government could have failed these children and their families for the last decade."
James also noted that children don't live alone in poverty, they live with their families. That's what makes the Liberal plan to cut critical services while also increasing medicare premiums, hiking hydro rates, and jacking up user fees so disastrous for children in the province.
"It's time for the B.C. Liberal government to get serious about tackling child poverty," said James. "Every year we wait is a year lost forever for a child."
The B.C. Liberal government campaigned on dubious promises of eliminating debt, balancing the budget, and retaining critical services. B.C.'s New Democrats will hold the government to account for these promises, and fight to protect the services that British Columbians depend on.
CHILD POVERTY NUMBERS SHOW BC
Comment by Me on 12th July 2013
The Liberals have failed the North here since 2001 especially services for special needs children. The programs were cut and it would have helped us, but we have always faced cut back after cut back and lack of services for special needs children. Talk about frustrating.
Making irrational choices
Comment by Catherine on 10th July 2013
On one hand the Liberals are manipulating the public into a war against the welfare system. But, if you were to ask the same public if we should help mothers and children they are all for it. This is doublespeak - trickery - intended to confuse the masses into making irrational choices. Women and their children make up the largest portion of recipients. Why? Where are the fathers of these children, why aren't they held accountable. These women are already marginalized, exploited (in order to provide the necessities) those children are children of the future regardless of their social standing. Don't blame the victims - most funds don't even make it to them - it is gobbled up by an increase of administrators and layers of administration.
No worries Christy...
Comment by maggie jo Johnson on 10th July 2013
No worries...Christy can sit back and re-laaaaaaaaax....while she only has to worry about speeding thru red lights to get her son to his elite hockey team practice on time.
All the kids here in town get the word around and all end up coming to MY house where I feed them, give them free rent, employment network with them - taking them for interviews and such, provide them with transportation, secure them permanent housing, loan them $$ to pay back (as they always do)...and even spend time with the kids in a family setting and visa versa. They have ALL become good, productive members of Society!
Who needs Gov't funding to look after the kids anyway??? (Sarcasm here)
Jeeeeeeeeeeeeez!! All the $$$ I put into these kids should be tax deductible in the Govt's absence! But no! Apparently I somehow owe the tax man this year. Eiy yi yiiii.
SHAME on Christy for neglecting our children once again. This is getting old.