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collective responsibility to the poor

I was shocked to hear the premier promoting support of the food bank on CBC this morning. Our collective responsibility to each other should be exercised through adequate and humane income support, not haphazard charity.

I would like the premier to explain why she thinks that food banks are an answer to anything other than a desperation wrought by the provincial government.

More half-baked and piecemeal programs mostly mean more jobs for bureaucrats. The answers are more straightforward than most want to believe: raise the rates (minimum wage, social assistance), build housing, include dental benefits in OHIP. Get on with it. The government’s so-called poverty reduction strategy is inadequate and unnecessarily complicated.

It’ll even be good for the economy: the rich save, the poor spend, they have no choice.

Keith Nunn, Toronto
published in the Toronto Star, Dec 6, 2014

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