Canada marks an unfortunate anniversary

November 24th, 2009 marked the 20th anniversary of Canada’s commitment to end child poverty by the year 2000. That deadline has come and gone, and poverty and homelessness are still very much a reality for many Canadians young and old. The House of Commons marked the anniversary by passing a motion, as agreed to by the HUMA Committee, to develop a plan to eliminate poverty.  The text is as follows:

That, with November 24th, 2009 marking the 20th anniversary of the 1989 unanimous resolution of this House to eliminate poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000, and not having achieved that goal, be it resolved that the Government of Canada, taking into consideration the Committee’s work in this regard, and respecting provincial and territorial jurisdiction, develop an immediate plan to eliminate poverty in Canada for all.