The Collective for a Poverty-free Quebec launches a signature-gathering campaign - COMMON MISSION: building a poverty-free Quebec



    QUEBEC, Nov. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The "COMMON MISSON: Building a
poverty-free Quebec" campaign was launched today. It is centered around a
petition to the National Assembly which has three main goals: obtain universal
access to quality public services, increase minimum wage to a level which
makes it possible to work one's way out of poverty, and increase social
benefits to insure health and dignity to those lacking sufficient revenue.
Signing this petition is a civic contribution toward a poverty-free Quebec and
human rights, leading to a society enriched by all of its people.
    These demands are supported by a round of public consultation which
included over 4,000 people across Quebec, based on the following facts:

    
    - hundreds of thousands of Quebec citizens are deprived of the basic
      living conditions necessary for self-realization and participation in
      social affairs;

    - hundreds of thousands of workers, mainly women, are paid such poor
      wages that, even when working full time, it is impossible to work
      themselves out of poverty;

    - public services are increasingly downsized, and tariffs or other
      conditions for participation are pushed to unreasonable levels;

    - the low income cut-off level is set at $21,202 per year (2006) for
      single persons;

    - the level of the Market basket measure, including basic goods and
      services, is set by Statistics Canada at $13,267 per year (2007), and
      Canada's public pension program guarantees revenue of at least
      $13,636 per year (2007);

    - universal public services are necessary for a democratic and
      egalitarian society to function.

    Which is why the signatories ask the National Assembly, in order to
implement the spirit of the Act to combat poverty and social exclusion, to see
to it that the government take the necessary measures so that:

    - all citizens have indiscriminate universal access to quality public
      services;

    - minimum wage reaches at least $10.16 an hour (2007) and be reviewed
      annually, in order to allow single persons working 40 hours per week
      the possibility of working their way out of poverty;

    - social benefits increase to ensure every person a revenue equal to the
      Market basket measure - $13,267 per year (2007), and be adjusted
      annually, so that all may preserve their health and dignity.
    

    In November of 2000, the Collective for a Poverty-free Quebec proposed
legislation to eliminate poverty in Quebec, following province-wide public
consultation. Two years later, the National Assembly unanimously voted to
adopt the Act to combat poverty and social exclusion.

    Active since 1998, the Collective for a Poverty-free Quebec's membership
unites 32 provincial organisations whose work shapes issues of public
interest, community affairs, workers' rights, religious, feminist, student or
regional affairs; regional collectives are present in fifteen Quebec regions.
These organisations share a mission to fight against poverty, defend civic
rights and promote social justice. Hundreds of groups and individuals from
many sectors of civil society form the Collective's support network.

    List of member organisations:

    Association québécoise des banques alimentaires et des Moissons (AQBAM) -
Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI) -
ATD Quart-Monde - Au bas de l'échelle - Caisse d'économie solidaire Desjardins
(CECOSOL) - Carrefour de participation, ressourcement et formation (CPRF) -
Centrale des syndicats démocratiques (CSD) - Centrale des syndicats du Québec
(CSQ) - Centre Justice et Foi (CJF) - Collectif des entreprises d'insertion du
Québec - Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) - Confédération
québécoise des coopératives d'habitation (CQCH) - Conférence religieuse
canadienne (CRC) - Fédération des associations des familles monoparentales et
recomposées du Québec (FAFMRQ) - Fédération des femmes du Québec (FFQ) -
Fédération des infirmières et des infirmiers du Québec (FIIQ) - Fédération des
locataires de HLM du Québec (FLHLMQ) - Fédération des travailleurs et
travailleuses du Québec (FTQ) - Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec
(FECQ) - Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec (FEUQ) - Front commun
des personnes assistées sociales du Québec (FCPASQ) - Groupe Solidarité
Justice - Ligue des droits et libertés - L'R des centres de femmes du Québec -
Mouvement québécois des camps familiaux (MQCF) - Ordre professionnel des
travailleurs sociaux du Québec - Regroupement des Auberges du coeur du Québec
- Regroupement des cuisines collectives du Québec (RCCQ) - Regroupement des
groupes populaires en alphabétisation du Québec (RGPAQ) - Regroupement des
ressources alternatives en santé mentale du Québec (RRASMQ) - Regroupement
québécois des intervenants et des intervenantes en action communautaire, en
CLSC et en centre de santé (RQIIAC) - Syndicat de la fonction publique du
Québec (SFPQ).




For further information:

For further information: Solène Tanguay, Communications, Cell: (418)
254-7238, communications@pauvrete.qc.ca; www.pauvrete.qc.ca

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