VICTORIA – For years it has been BC’s shame. Our worst place national ranking in child poverty has persisted whether the economy is booming or not. In all that time the Campbell government has insisted it’s been working to fix the problem while critics have argued whatever they’re doing isn’t enough.
But with both the NDP and the Liberals poised to pick new leaders soon, many wonder if the issue will finally get the political attention and the action it deserves. Liberal leadership candidate George Abbott is promising to first consult the public on the issue, and then bring in legislated poverty reduction targets.
NDP leadership candidate Mike Farnworth says he will raise minimum wage to $10, and appoint a single minister in charge of, and accountable to, reducing poverty rates.
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