BC political parties respond to the call for a BC Poverty Reduction Plan



    VANCOUVER, May 1 /CNW/ - British Columbians are making poverty reduction
an issue this election. 281 organizations from across BC have signed an open
letter calling on all political parties to commit to a legislated poverty
reduction plan.

    
    These organizations include:
    -   7 business groups and business leaders
    -   37 faith-based organizations
    -   22 city councils or city councillors
    -   26 health groups and organizations
    -   8 immigrant-serving agencies
    -   28 labour organizations and unions
    -   9 United Way chapters
    -   143 community, Aboriginal, academic, women's and seniors groups

    The open letter calls for specific commitments in this election campaign,
including:
    -   Legislated targets and timelines to reduce BC's poverty rate
    -   Policy actions in seven key areas
    

    The Liberals, the NDP, and the Green Party have now responded to the
call: read their answers at http://bcpovertyreduction.ca/?page_id=522.





For further information:

For further information: For media interviews: Seth Klein, BC Director,
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: call Thi Vu, (604) 801-5121 x230;
Adrienne Montani, Provincial Coordinator, First Call: BC Child and Youth
Advocacy, (604) 873-8437

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