Murray writes to Freeland urging implementation of his End Poverty Now program

Former Mayor of Winnipeg and former Ontario cabinet minister calls for Guaranteed Livable Income

Winnipeg (14 September 2020) -- Glen Murray, candidate for leader of the Green Party of Canada, wrote today to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland urging her to consider his End Poverty Now program as a measure in an upcoming budget in response to COVID-19.

"I strongly feel your government's existing efforts and our End Poverty Now program can be aligned to ensure we provide all Canadians with a financial floor that will enable us to end poverty and demonstrate to citizens that government is on their side and ready and able to support them in good times and bad," Murray wrote.

He added, "I am glad to see your government announced measures to reform the Employment Insurance system to include new streams of support for targeted groups. The thinking behind these changes shows some similarities with the program I announced last month."

"From our days working together in Toronto Centre as the Member of Parliament and Member of Provincial Parliament, I have always valued our exchange of ideas," Murray continued in his letter. "Given the unprecedented economic upheaval following the COVID-19 lockdown, there is an urgent need to ensure government economic policy supports people who are struggling and lifts Canadians out of poverty."

A copy of Murray's letter is attached. For more details on End Poverty Now, please see our news release of August 19.

Millions of Canadians to benefit under the Glen Murray Program to End Poverty Now

At the bottom of the news release, there are links to the policy paper and the costing background paper.

Glen Murray's letter to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland

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