Poverty gets a hearing in Ottawa debate

  • October 3, 2008

OTTAWA — People who think poverty is an election issue are getting their chance with a five party debate in Ottawa Oct. 6.

Representatives from the Greens, Bloc Quebecois, Conservatives, Liberals and New Democratic Party will talk to each other and a live audience about what Canada should do for 800,000 children and 3.4 million Canadians living below the poverty line.

The debate takes placee at the Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper St. at Cooper and O'Connor, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, eight days before the vote.

Speaking for the political parties are: Francoise Boivin, NDP; Martha Hall Findlay, Liberals; Jen Hunter, Green Party; Real Menard, Bloc Quebecois. The Conservatives had not confirmed their participation.

The politicians will answer to moderator Adrian Harewood of CBC radio.

The event has been organized by the Canadian ecumenical justice organization Kairos and the National Anti-Poverty Organization with the support of 20 other groups including Campaign 2000, Citizens for Public Justice, Make Poverty History, the Mennonite Central Committee and the YWCA Canada.

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