Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I also want to thank my colleague Mr. Dussault for his amendment.
Thank you for this amendment, Mr. Dusseault.
First of all, with regard to the poverty reduction act, our government for the first time in our country's history is introducing legislation that would see a large reduction in poverty from coast to coast to coast. In fact, since we have come to office, 825,000 Canadians have already been lifted out of poverty as stated by Statistics Canada. This legislation demonstrates the government's utmost commitment to continue to reduce poverty and continue to improve the lives of all Canadians.
I would be voting against the amendment that the member has brought forward. It is not aligned with our government's commitment. As such, we do not support the amendment.
As stated in the legislation, by 2030 we are committed to a sustainable goal of reducing poverty by at least 50% for at least half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.
Thank you very much.