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Poverty, Housing and Homelessness

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Statement made on 07 June 2011 by Senator Art Eggleton

Hon. Art Eggleton:

Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

Last year, as honourable senators know, the Senate unanimously passed the Social Affairs Committee's report entitled In From the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness. The report pointed out that over three million Canadians, or one in ten, live in poverty, with approximately 800,000 of those living in poverty being children.

Other than a modest increase in the GIS for seniors, poverty was not mentioned in the Speech from the Throne. It was not mentioned in the budget yesterday. When will the government make the necessary changes outlined in our Senate committee's report on poverty, housing and homelessness to break the back of poverty in Canada?

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