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Hugh Segal passionate about stopping poverty

 
2010-02-12

After working for years in business and at the highest levels in the Conservative Party, Hugh Segal has surprised many people by spending much of his time as a senator since 2005 pushing for stronger poverty reduction measures.

Professor Segal, senior fellow at Queen’s School of Policy Studies feels poverty leads to other problems, such as illiteracy, high school dropout rates, substance abuse and crime.

“As we proved in the 1970's with the Guaranteed Annual Income for Seniors (GAINS) brought in by Premier Bill Davis in Ontario, there can be a simple and affordable solution that treats folks with respect and dignity,” says Senator Segal. “Not doing so is a desertion of all our values as a society. We have a duty to face the reality of the complete failure of present programs to reduce the amount of people living beneath the poverty line.”

People in Kingston can hear Senator Segal speak passionately on the topic during the Poverty in Wealth debate on February 17 at 7 pm in Memorial Hall at Kingston City Hall. The talk is being held in partnership between the Queen’s School of Policy Studies and the Kingston Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction.

Also taking part in the talk is retired Ryerson University social policy professor Marvyn Novick. He is the founder of the national child poverty group Campaign 2000.

Senator Segal hopes the public forum on February 17 will raise awareness about the destructive problem of poverty.

“The more people discuss and reflect on poverty, the more people will join the search for a better solution. We need something better than the failing programs we have now,” Senator Segal says.

For more details on the event visit www.kingstonpovertyreduction.ca.

 

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