Plight of Poor, First Nations “National Disgrace” -The Chronicle Herald

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Plight of poor, First Nations “national disgrace”
Forget tax cut, boost social programs, activists tell Ottawa

By COLIN PERKEL The Canadian Press
Thu. Oct 18 – 6:25 AM

TORONTO — Widespread poverty in Canada, particularly among aboriginal peoples, is tarnishing the international reputation of a country that considers itself a moral beacon to the rest of the world, activists told a union-led rally Wednesday.

Speakers at the event in Toronto, one of several around the globe to mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, assailed Prime Minister Stephen Harper for planning to cut taxes rather than invest in public services that help ensure social justice.

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