MPP Paul Miller and Hamilton Round Table for Poverty Reduction: Move Bill 6 forward right now
QUEEN’S PARK- In the legislature on Tuesday, Hamilton East-Stoney Creek NDP MPP and Poverty Reduction critic, Paul Miller, announced that the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction was releasing a video to raise awareness for the need to move Bill 6 forward in the Legislature.
“Today, I am proud to announce that the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, in partnership with various community organizers, is releasing a video to promote Bill 6 and get this legislature to move it forward so that all Ontarians living in poverty have access to the basic necessities. This is a huge issue in [Hamilton and Stoney Creek] and I encourage everyone to watch this video.” Miller said.
Tom Cooper, Director of the Hamilton Round Table for Poverty Reduction made it clear that this video would help to raise awareness for Bill 6 which he suggested would be important legislation for the province’s poorest:
“Bill 6 provides a non-partisan, evidence-based framework to help the government establish social assistance adequacy. Currently rates for Ontario Works and ODSP fall hundreds of dollars behind the costs of shelter, food, hygiene products, clothing or other essentials in Ontario communities".
MPP Miller and Cooper together urged the Ontario Legislature and Government to take action on MPP Miller’s Bill 6.
“It's been fifteen months since Bill 6 (the Ministry of Community and Social Services Amendment Act --Social Assistance Research Commission-- 2016) passed 2nd reading in the Ontario Legislature unanimously. With only months to go before a provincial election, time is running out to send Bill 6 to committee and on to third reading to become law.” Said Cooper
MPP Miller expressed similar thoughts.
“This Liberal Government is holding this bill up and the clock is running out for all living in poverty! Mr. Speaker, we need to move Bill 6 forward right now,” said Miller.
MPP Miller speaking to the need for a renewed Diabetes Strategy and about the release of the Bill 6 video: