What about poverty then? Organizations challenge campaign parties in Quebec | Elections Quebec 2022

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And poverty, then? Organizations call on the parties campaigning in Quebec | Élections Quebec 2022

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Promising a check or one-time or one-off aid to fight inflation is not enough, because it does not tackle the basic problem, criticizes the spokesperson for the Collective for a Quebec without poverty.

Tenants and people with low incomes deplore the lack of attention paid by political parties to poverty and housing problems in the context of the current election campaign in Quebec.

Promising a check or one-time or one-off aid to fight inflation is not enough, because it does not tackle the fundamental problem, criticized in an interview Thursday Serge Petitclerc, spokesperson for the Collective for a Quebec without poverty.

Tax cuts are all well and good, but you still have to pay taxes to be able to benefit from it, first launched Mr. Petitclerc.

He concedes that political parties have talked about inflation and different measures to deal with it. But the checks for $500, $600, $400, the "one shot" as they say, these are not measures that help people in the very long term; it helps people in the very short term, he argued.

To really help low-income people, more structural measures are needed, argues Mr. Petitclerc.

He cites an increase in the minimum wage – which is currently at $14.25 an hour in Quebec –, a significant increase in social assistance benefits, an increase in the solidarity tax credit and strong public services.

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He is also disappointed with the lack of commitment from political parties in terms of social housing. First, affordable housing is not social housing, because it remains in the private sphere, he emphasizes.

Secondly, even housing says affordable isn't always affordable for minimum wage workers or people on welfare, he argues.

The Collective for a Poverty-Free Quebec, which sent a joint press release with the Regroupement des Comités Logements et des Associations de Tenants (RCLALQ), also pleads for better rent control, using a register. National Rent Fund.

The two groups are also concerned about the phenomenon of renovations and their repercussions on less fortunate tenants.

Why do political parties say little about poverty and social housing, according to him?

I can't help but think that poorer people vote less. I can't help but think that all of the poverty issues, all of the housing issues, these are not topics that are very sexy or very popular with people. population and the media, replied Mr. Petitclerc.

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