When will Hampton lash out at himself for voting against Ontario Child Benefit?



    TORONTO, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - Howard Hampton is lashing out today at anyone and
everyone.
    Hampton says he is angry because he thinks people aren't paying attention
to poverty. But it turns out, it's Howard Hampton's NDP that isn't paying
attention.
    Howard Hampton's NDP voted against the Ontario Child Benefit - support
for 1.3 million children in low-income households. And they voted against
steady increases to the minimum wage. And they voted against increases to
social assistance and disability support benefits.
    Maybe that's why the Toronto Star called Hampton "confusing when it comes
to poverty issues" and said that "Hampton's failure to outline an overall
strategy has hurt his credibility on this issue among many of his own core
supporters."
    Howard Hampton may not be paying attention to all the progress Ontario is
making to help low-income families. But Campaign 2000 is. Their latest report
shows Ontario has a lower poverty rate than BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova
Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. And Ontario's poverty rate is lower than
the Canadian average.
    But unlike Howard Hampton's NDP, Ontario Liberals won't stop there. Our
plan is to set targets to reduce poverty, and meet them. That's why people
like Gail Nyberg of the Daily Bread Food Bank, Rabbi Arthur Bielfeld of the
Campaign Against Child Poverty, and the late June Callwood have all praised
Dalton McGuinty and the Ontario Liberal plan to help low-income children.
    There's a reason the Toronto Star said:
    "Overall, the Liberals, with their pledge to introduce a strategy with
real goals and timetables to meet them, have the more realistic plan to tackle
poverty, compared to those on offer by the Conservatives and New Democrats. If
the Liberals are elected and deliver, then this province stands a good chance
of making serious progress in combating a problem that has festered for too
long." (October 4, 2007)
    If Howard Hampton is looking to lash out at someone, he should ask
himself how he could have ordered the NDP to vote against help for 1.3 million
low-income children. Howard Hampton put politics ahead of principle.





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For further information: Ben Chin, (416) 961-3800 ext. 412,
ben_chin@ontarioliberal.ca

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