Email the Premier

Ask her for a Poverty Reduction Plan for BC

Dear Premier Clark,

(cc'ed to other political leaders)

We are ashamed of the levels of poverty and homelessness in a society as wealthy as ours. 1 in 10 British Columbians live in poverty. That's one of the highest poverty rates in Canada. Yet BC is now the only province left without a comprehensive poverty reduction plan!

You have an opportunity before you to take strong and meaningful action on this issue and we urge you to support The Poverty Reduction and Economic Inclusion Act.

We know that all of us pay for poverty. We pay in increased health care costs. We pay in higher crime. We pay in higher demand for community, social and charitable services. And we pay in lack of school readiness, reduced school success and in lower economic productivity. People who are poor get sick more and die earlier, and poor children may not reach their full physical and social developmental potential.

There is a false economy in failing to act boldly. Paying for the negative effects of poverty costs much more than dealing with it directly. Let’s stop mopping up the floor and fix the hole in the roof.

This is a critical issue in communities throughout the province. Now is the time for bi-partisan collaboration and action in addressing the root causes of poverty.