Letter to Minister Diane Finley encouraging a response to the House of Commons committee study on the federal role in addressing poverty
CPJ Board Chair, Mark Huyser-Wierenga, wrote to the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, to commend the report, Federal Poverty Reduction Plan: Working in Partnership Towards Reducing Poverty in Canada, and to urge a prompt and positive response.
The report is the result of an extensive three-year study by the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA), on the federal role in addressing poverty. It is consistent with the November 2009 unanimous resolution to develop an immediate plan to eliminate poverty in Canada, and also with the key goals of the Dignity for All campaign.
The CPJ letter urges the Minister to instruct her officials to undertake a substantive review of the document and to lead the development of a substantive response from government on each of the Standing Committee’s 59 recommendations.