Canadian elections results 2008 and poverty – Blog Action Day 2008

By now, I think everyone knows that Canada has a (now relatively stronger) minority Conservative government. Despite the abismal voter turnout (40% of Canadians who are eligible to vote chose not to) the Conservative party gained MP seats and the Liberals lost them. Once the dust settles, my biggest question to the new Conservative government remains. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT POVERTY ALLEVIATION?

I mean, let’s be honest. With regards to homelessness and poverty, a tendency to pass the buck seems common… “it’s not MY responsibility, it’s the responsibility of the other level of government“. Since today is Blog Action Day and the focus is on poverty, will the new Conservative government say that their platform is actually working towards economic recovery or will they say that it’s going to alleviate poverty? Because, really, what progress have we achieved in regards to a national homelessness policy and/or a national poverty alleviation strategy? I’m curious to hear…

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  4. Homelessness Action Week 2008 – October 12th to 19th, 2008
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Comments (5)

AlexOctober 15th, 2008 at 7:25 pm

Great post, Thank you for sharing, I myself wrote about it here: and got a huge respond from readers and other bloggers. Would you please honor us and share your thoughts by leaving a comment on our post? I am trying to come up with something new tomorrow and I will include and encourage readers to visit your blog back so we can all unite to fight poverty.

rob, BtGOctober 15th, 2008 at 8:25 pm

thanks for your great post on poverty for Blog Action Day. check out what i wrote and please comment, i’d like to continue the interest on this issue with my readers

phdinparentingOctober 15th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

The Conservatives have a horrible record in dealing with poverty. I talked about this in my Blog Action Day post too:

“Not only has he demonstrated a lack of empathy in general, but he has demonstrated it specifically as it relates to the poverty issue. A Toronto Star editorial called Harper lagging on poverty agenda points out that “his government dragged its feet on creating more affordable housing or daycare facilities, raising federal minimum wage rates or tackling child poverty across Canada. And on the world stage, Harper has done little to help live up to goals Canada agreed to when it declared its support for the millennium agreement in 2000“. Harper’s lack of leadership in the poverty issue is very evident and likely stems from his empathy deficit. If you can’t feel true compassion for people afflicted by poverty, then it is difficult to champion the cause. Perhaps this is the reason why Harper just didn’t have the words to express what his party planned to do to combat poverty. The Make Poverty History campaign sent a questionnaire to all of the Canadian party leaders and all of them except for Stephen Harper responded to the questionnaire and outlined specifically what their parties planned to do to combat poverty. The CBC article Harper unresponsive to anti-poverty group reported that Harper’s office felt the questions were too specific and Harper would only answer more general questions. That is another way of saying that he hasn’t really thought about the issues in much depth and doesn’t really give a rat’s ass.”

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Ryan CousineauOctober 15th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

As the devil’s advocate here, I’d like to point out that the single most effective Canadian anti-poverty program in the last 20 years was the combination of $100 oil and the Alberta tar sands.

You want a raised minimum wage? How does $14/hour sound?

Best of all, no realities of economics were violated in the creation of this program.

kouji haikuOctober 15th, 2008 at 11:33 pm

interesting post.

for my part, i turn to sites like freerice (rice donation), kiva (microfinance), and goodsearch (donation per search), as ways to help alleviate poverty online. i also put up their banners on my blog. :)

saw this post via the blog action day site. it’s great that you’re participating. :)

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