Ottawa axes National Council on Welfare

A panhandler in downtown Toronto

By Laurie Monsebraaten, The Ottawa Citizen, 30 March 2012

Anti-poverty groups are shocked, but not surprised, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty axed the National Council of Welfare in Thursday’s budget.

The independent, federally-appointed body was created by an act of Parliament in 1969 to advise the minster of human resources on poverty in Canada.

But since the Harper government was elected in 2006, it has ignored the council’s research and advice on how to address growing income disparity across the country, activists say.

“If the government actually heeded the council’s advice, they’d be saving a whole lot more than the $1 million per year they have been spending on the council,” said Rob Rainer of Canada Without Poverty.

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