November 2, 2017
Today Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath demanded to know if the Wynne Liberals will implement the recommendations coming out of a report on the state of Ontario’s troubled social assistance programs – including an urgent call for a 22 per cent increase to monthly supports for low-income families.
“In the last 22 years under both the Conservatives and the Liberals, monthly social assistance in Ontario has gone up by just eight per cent – and that’s before you factor in inflation. Eight per cent is just not enough for a family to pay rent, buy food, clothes, school supplies for the kids and try to scrape by on,” said Horwath. “It’s not enough – and the Wynne Liberals have done next to nothing to fix this during their 14 years in government.”
Sadly, in question period Thursday, Kathleen Wynne’s minister said they would hold off on taking action and instead consult further on the year-long committee group’s report — letting struggling families down, yet again.