Mr. Speaker, the Bloc Quebecois supports the social contract against poverty suggested by the Comité de ralliement gaspésien et madelinot.
Like them, we contend that justice, equity, dignity and solidarity are the values on which we want to build society. We can see that isolation and growing poverty undermine the quality of life and health of many in our communities. We are appalled by the scandalous situation caused and perpetuated by the growing gap between the rich and the poor.
In light of the marginalization experienced by some groups and many individuals, we reaffirm that, in order to fight poverty, we must create sustainable jobs with decent wages, make the tax system fair and equitable, support community life and take appropriate safety measures.
The Bloc Quebecois wants to speak here in Ottawa for those who are ready to sign this contract.