Watch the video: “What’s Next?” poverty forum on Parliament Hill

On February 14th, the Dignity for All campaign for a poverty-free Canada hosted “What’s Next? How do we Address Poverty in Canada?” on Parliament Hill. Over 130 people – including a significant number of parliamentarians, advocacy groups, and members of the public – attended the public forum, with many more from across the country watching online via our live feed.

John Ibbitson from the Globe and Mail moderated a panel discussion and Q & A with representatives from all parties. Participants expressed a strong desire to continue the non-partisan dialogue established at the event and to work together to identify and implement concrete, achievable measures for ending poverty with broad appeal and support. 

Panelists included:

  • Jean Crowder, NDP
  • Senator Jane Cordy, Liberal
  • Leilani Farha, Dignity for All
  • Jean-François Fortin, Bloc Québécois
  • Elizabeth May, Green Party
  • Senator Don Meredith, Conservative
  • Harriet McLachlan, Canada Without Poverty


Submitted by Visitor on

Will this be available to view on-line after the fact?

Submitted by dfa on

Yes, we are planning to record the conference.

Submitted by Visitor on

Great job! interesting and important step towards building consensus on moving ahead on poverty. Well done, Citizens for Public Justice! John Hiemstra Political Studies, King's University College, Edm.

Submitted by Visitor on

Will anyone be following the progress of the many suggestions for action that were presented by everyone on the panel and in the audience this evening from the Dignity for All campaign and informing their email members of some of the things that may actually happen? Also, while some eluded to the inclusion of those living in poverty, without having their input can any success be achieved. After all those are the folks living this often very frustrating existance. Lastly, while maybe mental illness may be considered a disability it would be interesting to know what percentage of those who are poor are determined to also have one or more of these conditions. In BC so many of these people have simply been thrown out of institutions where they were getting assistance and simply left to fend for themselves when they are obviously incapable of doing so. Barry Nelson, Nelson, BC