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Senator Hugh Segal to speak at St. Anne's about poverty reduction - Sunday, May 25, 10:30 a.m.

posted 8 May 2014, 06:36 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 26 May 2014, 09:01 ]

Senator Hugh Segal is advocating a new way to approach poverty in Canada. He will present the guaranteed minimum income, an automatic tax-based income top-up for those who fall beneath the poverty line, as the simplest, most effective, humane and cost-efficient means of combatting poverty. Senator Segal has spent much of his time as a senator since 2005 advocating for a new way to address poverty in Canada. 

Senator Segal: "Dealing with poverty, reducing its occurrence to almost incidental single digits should be the key domestic social project of our time for Canada in this new century. Energy superpower? Super. Strong global voice for rule of law, democracy, gender equity, freer trade, international security? Great. Supporter of law and order at home? Excellent. But if we do not engage on poverty in a direct way, none of these other pursuits and goals will matter as the gap between the richest and poorest expands."
At this year's annual meeting, the parishioners of St. Anne's voted to support the Diocese of Toronto's initiative increase Ontario's minimum wage -- a measure that would lift all working Ontarians above the poverty line. Our community wants to continue and broaden this conversation. The St. Anne's Social Justice & Advocacy working group will introduce Senator Segal, and we are grateful for their work in organizing this presentation.

We are grateful to Senator Segal for providing this opportunity between his retirement from the Canadian Senate and his new appointment as Master of Massey College.

Senator Segal will speak during the Sunday morning worship service, and then join us for a circle discussion following the service. Refreshments will be served.

Join us. Let's think about poverty and what we can do about it.

Sunday May 25, 10:30 a.m.  All are welcome.