Liberals rejected an NDP proposal to get funds for people living with a disability « Canada’s NDP

December 14, 2022 at 4:00 am  Federal, Politics

OTTAWA — On Wednesday, Liberals rejected an NDP proposal to consider an emergency relief fund to lift people living with a disability out of poverty while they wait for the Canada Disability Benefit.

“Close to a million Canadians with a disability live in poverty, and with the rising cost-of-living crisis, their situation is getting more dire every day,” said Bonita Zarrillo, NDP Critic for Disability Inclusion. “The Liberals don’t even want to explore the idea of delivering temporary help for people living with a disability. This is shameful. After seven years in power, the Liberals failed to lift Canadians with disabilities out of poverty — and now they’re doubling down on their inaction. This is wrong. New Democrats won’t stop fighting to ensure people living with a disability can live in dignity.”

The Liberals say that help is coming through the Canada Disability Benefit but people will have to wait over a year. People living with a disability are struggling to make ends meet and the challenges are increasing as the cost of food, rent and interest rates rise. They need urgent help now to afford to live in dignity.

“Canadians living with a disability are making impossible choices to put food on the table, pay their rent and afford their prescription drugs. But it doesn’t have to be this way,” added Zarrillo. “A temporary emergency relief fund could have been life changing for so many people living with a disability struggling to make ends meet. But the Liberals once again turned their backs on the most vulnerable Canadians. New Democrats will never do that.”

View the full article from the original source

No conversations yet

Activity Stream

Wed, Jan 25, 2023 at 8:52 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Rabbit Island in Winter – Kamloops Trails
Sun, Jan 22, 2023 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: A Winter Hike at Cooney Bay
Fri, Jan 20, 2023 at 8:40 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Out and About – Tranquille River Trail
Wed, Jan 18, 2023 at 6:43 pm - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Fossil gas is not healthy for children and other living things
Tue, Jan 17, 2023 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Stomping Around Anderson Creek – Kamloops Trails
Tue, Jan 17, 2023 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Bush Lake Stomps – Kamloops Trails
Sun, Jan 15, 2023 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Walloper Creek Loop Snowshoe – Kamloops Trails
Fri, Jan 13, 2023 at 10:49 am - Darryl Schmidt posted a comment on Slow No Tempo’s Annual Singing Valentine Fundraiser Returns
Fri, Jan 13, 2023 at 8:55 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Bush Lake Loop on a Grey Day
Wed, Jan 11, 2023 at 11:42 am - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Paradigm shift needed to halt and reverse biodiversity loss
Full Stream