Hampton would deny working families the Ontario Child Benefit - Smitherman

    NDP voted against $1,100 for poorest children, dismissing it as "hype"

    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Deputy Premier George Smitherman says the NDP
would deny thousands of lower-income families the Ontario Child Benefit if put
in a position to do so.
    "The NDP voted against the Ontario Child Benefit and left it out of their
election platform. If given the chance, the NDP would deny the Ontario Child
Benefit to lower-income families," said Smitherman.
    The Ontario Child Benefit, a $2.1-billion program delivering families
$250 per child, rising to $1,100 per child over four years, is benefiting 1.3
million Ontario children. The first cheques to Ontario families began in July,
totaling $190 million.
    The Ontario Child Benefit restores fairness to the social assistance
system by ensuring that all children in low-income families receive equal
benefits, regardless of whether their parents are working or on social
    Howard Hampton has never supported the Ontario Child Benefit, instructing
the NDP to vote against it. One NDP candidate flippantly called helping all
low-income children just "hype". (Cornwall Standard Freeholder, August 3,
    Even worse, Hampton's election platform would undo the Ontario Child
Benefit and only provide support to 200,000 kids, leaving out 1.1 million low
income children.
    "The real hype is the false notion that the NDP do anything to stand up
for working families," said Smitherman. "The hypocrisy of the NDP is that they
would kill the most ambitious support for low-income families in Ontario."
    June Callwood said of the Ontario Child Benefit: "He (Dalton McGuinty)
really heard us. He has lifted every Ontario child out of poverty. We never
dreamed we'd get anything this good."
    Gail Nyberg of the Daily Bread Food Bank said: "...we expect to see a
reduction in food bank use in the coming years as a result. The Ontario Child
Benefit will reduce barriers faced by families with children who are trying to
leave welfare for work. At the same time, it will help reduce child poverty
and hunger."
    "Electing an Ontario Liberal government is the only way to make sure the
Ontario Child Benefit stays in place to help 1.3 million Ontario kids out of
poverty and into opportunity for success," said Smitherman.

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