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Federal minister says child poverty not Ottawa's problem

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It appears the federal government won’t be helping BC get out of the top spot when it comes to child poverty.

“Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so.” That from Federal Minister of Industry James Moore who is also the Member of Parliament for Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam. He says it’s the responsibility of the provinces to deal with child poverty, and Ottawa has no plans to step in.

The federal government has been criticized for not meeting a unanimous motion passed in the House of Commons back in 1989 to end poverty by the year 2000. Nothing was done, but the motion was renewed in 2009. Child Poverty Watchdog Campaign 2000 says to this date there has been no movement from Ottawa on helping the estimated 1 in 7 kids living in poverty in our country.

Here in BC, thousands of kids go to school hungry every day because they’re not getting enough to eat. Of late, schools across Metro Vancouver have been left with the difficult decision on whether to put already strained resources into creating lunch and breakfast programs for students in need.

“Certainly we want to make sure that kids go to school full bellied, but is that always the government’s job to be there to serve people their breakfast?” Moore says Ottawa is helping keep kids fed by creating more jobs, and while unemployment was up in BC last month, joblessness across Canada was down.

“We’ve neven been wealthier as a country than we are right now. Never been wealthier,” Moore claimed at an event Friday. He says how poverty is defined is not the same across the country.

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Grannie

This minister is correct. I am not responsible to raise my neighbours’ children. I already raised my own and helped a few others in the neighbourhood get a decent start. The problem is not “child poverty”, it is ADULT IRRESPONSIBILITY. Parents need to GROW UP and look after their children, or let them be adopted to GOOD homes.

December 21, 2013 at 6:40 am
HeibeyMe

Had a young mother working for me, years ago, who was distraught and resentful that our governments would not provide more financial support for her child.

Why did she have the child?

I have an adult child who will not have children until the financial capability exists to properly support, and educate, the children.

Our governments must not encourage people to, willy-nilly, spurt out children expecting the rest of us to pay for them. Having children might be a right, but should also be viewed as a privilege.
A parent’s first duty is to their child.

I paid for my children, and they are now living their own lives, dependent on no government body to support them, or their children. I do not accept the burden of paying for the children of other’s.

However, a child excels, when they have affection, a full belly of healthy foods, exercise, and education; all of which are the responsibility of the parent.

Where the various levels of government are wanting, in my opinion(of which I am always, absolutely, certain), is to provide leadership in the abovementioned areas.

One of the problems with politicians, in my opinion(see above),is that they are more concerned with ‘buying’ votes, to extend their longevity, and ensure the benefits that you and I can only dream of.

The responsibility for children lies with the parents. If children are starving, then, “Shame on the parents.”

December 17, 2013 at 11:44 pm