Tony Martin's Speech in the Ontario
November 21 , 2002
Once again I have just returned from Sudbury where I attended the Kimberly Roger's Inquest.
Once again I noticed that the Ministry of Community, Family and Children's Services was not there.
Testimony at the inquest continues to show that the Conservative Government's sweeping welfare reforms make it impossible for people to survive on social assistance let alone better themselves and break out of the cycle of poverty.
Yesterday's testimony showed that after the cost of housing and food there is no money left over for transportation, phone and clothing.
A person needs a phone, transportation and decent clothes to look for a job.
The conservative government has set up a system that forces people who need social assistance to become creative just to survive.
But when these very desperate people do, this government turns them into criminals and cuts off all their support.
Do the Conservatives think that people should be left on the streets with nothing?
If the Ministry was at the inquest they would know that the community does not have the resources to help the victims of their welfare policies.
It is time the Conservative Government understands the damage its policies are doing to people.
It is time for them to stand up and take responsibility.
Stop the lifetime ban.
Stop the clawback of the National Child Benefit.
Increase the shelter allowance.
Stop the ban on student loans for people on Social Assistance.