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Media Advisory

ST. CATHARINES, ON – For less than 0.1 per cent of the overall budget, the Liberal government stands poised to deepen the crisis of poverty in Ontario by freezing social assistance and delaying planned increases in child benefits, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE will say at a St. Catharines media conference on Tuesday, April 3.

WHAT: Media conference on how Liberals are making poverty worse for 0.1 per cent of the budget

WHO: John Clarke, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and Patti Encinas, CUPE Ontario health care worker, vice-president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE)

WHEN: Tuesday, April 3, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 418, 292-296 Vine Street North, St. Catharines   

The Liberal government’s proposed 2012 budget will only deepen the crisis of poverty in Ontario. If allowed to pass, the budget will hurt Ontario’s economic recovery by taking billions out of the economy and making things worse for people already living in poverty.

Anti-poverty activists will suggest it’s time to share a little austerity with the rich – by rolling back previous corporate tax cuts.

For more information, please contact:

Craig Saunders, CUPE Ontario Communications, 416-576-7316

Related news release:

For less than 0.1% of the budget, Liberals set to deepen poverty (April 2, 2012)