Policies

E-02

Addressing the Poverty Gap

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Manitoba)

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada:

Adopt a number of initiatives that simultaneously eliminate measures that benefit only 20% of Canadians in the higher income levels, and

Take steps to reduce the cost of childcare and housing for Canadians in the poorest quintile, and
In partnership with the provinces and territories, introduce accessible and affordable daycare the cost of which is means-tested against the current income tax system, and

Renews funding for social housing agreements and creates a long-term plan to address social housing needs like other G8 countries1.

Rationale:

The tax and transfer system was designed, in part, to reduce income inequality.

The Conference Board of Canada has observed that the restructuring of the employment insurance and other programs has eroded and weakened the impact of the transfer system.

Children, single-parent families (particularly female single-parent families), women, single individuals, seniors, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, recent immigrants, visible minorities, and low-wage workers are the most vulnerable and most likely to experience low income and poverty.

The Conservative Government has persisted in supporting boutique tax measures favoring high-income Canadians.

A 2015 IMF discussion paper questioning trickle-down economics suggests that policies favoring wealthy citizens cause the GDP to decline in the ensuing five years.

Policies allowing the income of the poorest quintile to increase by 1% cause the GDP to increase over the same period.


1 Notes: 1. IMF Staff Discussion Note https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/sdn/2015/sdn1513.pdf