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More on the Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation

July 31, 2013 Poverty Reduction

We recently reported on this Blog (see the Monday July 29th posting ) that consultations on the Poverty Reduction Strategy were about to commence.

In fact, they are coming faster than the Tuesday following a holiday weekend.

The province has announced that “in-person” consultations have been confirmed for Windsor on Tuesday August 6th. That’s next Tuesday, the day after a holiday weekend.

Hamilton has been confirmed for Friday August 9th, apparently in the afternoon.

In our view this is surprisingly short notice for consultation that the government calls important.

On their website the government claims that they “want to hear from every interested Ontarian during this important process.”

It’s true that at least 15 more session are going to be held. There is also opportunity to make comment on a website. Comments under 500 words are preferred.

The first Poverty Reduction Strategy established the goal of reducing child poverty by 25 per cent over 5 years. That goal hasn’t been met.

The fact that this target won’t be met gives credence to another perspective. That view says now is not the time for consultations. They are premature considering that many of the commitments from the current strategy remain unfulfilled.

Linda Terry, Executive Director of the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries makes this argument in the Waterloo Region Record. You can read it here. http://www.therecord.com/opinion-story/3914557-it-s-time-for-action/

“Ontarians have had enough consultations, it's time for action, says Ms. Terry.

Many will agree.

We’ll keep following this. Your comments and insights are always welcome.

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