Mr. Speaker, this is a very serious issue and it deserves to be dealt with on the basis of facts.
As Statistics Canada reveals, over the last number of years instances of poverty have actually decreased. That is good news. We need to make sure that we take advantage of that by training people to get into the labour market. We are investing today more money than any government in history in training, in affordable housing, and in child care.
Some people propose raising the GST. It is not an answer to tax people living in poverty.