Cabinet Minister Lisa MacLeod Let’s Us In On What A “Compassionate And Caring Society” Means In Doug Ford’s Ontario
A Satement by Lisa MacLeod , Ontario Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, on Ford Government’s Social Assistance Plan
Posted November 8th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
A Brief Foreword from Doug Draper, reporter and publisher, Niagara At Large –
I’m old enough to remember and report on the suffering so many people in Niagara and other regions in the province went through in the mid- to late-1990s and early 2000s when the then Ontario government of Mike Harris took a meat axe to social assistance program – all with a view to paying for more tax cuts for their affluent friends.
So here we go again, with more cuts to assistance services for the most vulnerable among us, in the name of “compassion” and coming from a premier and a Conservative Party that claim they run a “Government for the People”.
As for the individual Ontario Premier Doug Ford has picked to be Minister of (of all portfolios) Children, Community and Social Services, you don’t have to watch Lisa MacLeod performing on the parliamentary channel for too long to see a smugness, arrogance and a sense of her own entitlement dripping from her.
Take a look at MacLeod’s resume and see that she graduated from university in the 1990s with a degree in political science and has been working as an assistant for politicians before becoming one herself ever since. In other words, she has been feeding from the public trough – living off public welfare, if you like – most or all of her adult life.
Perhaps MacLeod should go out and get a real job, if she can find one.
Now here is MacLeod’s Statement on Social Assitance –
When I was sworn into Cabinet 138 days ago, Premier Ford made two things clear. Not only does Ontario’s social assistance system need to be fixed, it must be both responsive and accountable to the people it’s meant to serve.
For 100 of those days, we have worked toward the goal of fixing our social assistance system and its disjointed patchwork of programs. The previous government’s solution aimlessly threw money at the problem without any plan to help people get out of poverty. The only measurable outcome has been trapping the very people the system is there to assist, in a deeper cycle of financial insecurity.
One in seven Ontarians live in poverty.
Half the people who leave Ontario Works return, four out of five within a year.
That is unacceptable.
Ontarians deserve a system where those with disabilities are treated with dignity and where hard work and commitment by recipients is met by empowerment and trust from their government.
The best social safety net is a compassionate and caring society where everyone, not just government, is part of the solution. The best social circumstances are when those who are able, actively participate in the workforce.
And the best social program is a job.
I look forward to sharing our plan for social assistance reform on November 22.
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