Majority want leadership on poverty: Poll



    TORONTO, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - The majority of Canadians believe Canada should
try to distinguish itself in the world as a country where no one lives in
poverty, according to an Environics Research poll conducted for the Canadian
Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
    The national poll reveals 90% of Canadians say they would be proud if
their Premier took the lead in reducing poverty in their province; 88% want
Canada to be a leader in poverty reduction; and 77% say a recession is all the
more reason to act now.
    "Even in the face of a possible recession Canadians' desire for their
governments to act on poverty and inequality reduction is not weakened but
emboldened," says Armine Yalnizyan, senior economist with the CCPA.
    "They want governments that will do them proud, at home and around the
world."

    
    Among the poll findings:
    -  90% say it's time for strong leadership to reduce the number of poor
       people
    -  92% say if countries like Great Britain and Sweden can do it, so can
       Canada
    -  86% believe if government took concrete action, poverty could be
       greatly reduced
    -  89% say the Prime Minister and Premiers need to set concrete targets
       and timelines to reduce poverty and measure their progress
    -  81% support reducing poverty by at least 25% over the next five years:
       55% say that sounds about right but another quarter (26%) say that's
       not ambitious enough
    -  There is resounding majority support to raise the minimum wage,
       improve income support programs to help poor families raising
       children, create low-cost child care spaces, create more affordable
       housing, make sure welfare rates rise with the cost of living, and
       invest in jobs and skills training for those in between jobs.
    

    Environics interviewed 2,023 adult Canadians by telephone between
Sept. 24-Oct. 21, 2008. A survey of this magnitude yields results that can be
considered accurate to within plus or minus 2.2 percentage points. The poll is
available at www.policyalternatives.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Trish Hennessy, Director of the CCPA's Growing
Gap Project, www.growinggap.ca, c (416) 525-4927

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