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General Update from Campaign 2000 (Coalition to End Poverty in Canada)

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Email Update from Campaign 2000:

Campaign 2000 continues its work with its partners to convince governments that effective poverty reduction is part of economic stimulus and recovery. As Canada enters this period of economic insecurity, it is even more crucial that public policies focus on vulnerable individuals, families and communities.

As we approach twenty years since the November 1989 resolution to end child poverty in Canada, the good news is that more and more provincial governments have recognized the importance of having a poverty reduction strategy. Some have developed and implemented concrete plans. In both Quebec and Newfoundland & Labrador, the child and family poverty rate continues to go down.

At the federal level, the House of Commons recently voted unanimously to urge G8 and G20 leaders to make reducing poverty a priority in their economic stimulus plans considered at their April meeting, and the House of Commons' Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (the HUMA Committee) is conducting public hearings on the study of the federal role for combating poverty in Canada. With our partners we're urging the federal government to develop a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy for Canada that's long overdue.

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