[Hpn] ANTI-POVERTY protesters petition QUEBEC legislature, form human chain fw chain fw

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Thu, 23 Nov 2000 18:05:09 -0800 (PST)


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FWD  The Canadian Press - Wednesday November 22, 2000

ANTI-POVERTY ACTIVISTS BRING 215,000-SIGNATURE PETITION TO QUEBEC LEGISLATURE

QUEBEC (CP) - Anti-poverty activists presented a petition bearing 215,000
signatures to the Quebec legislature Wednesday calling for the elimination
of poverty.

About 215 people formed a human chain leading to the provincial
legislature. They each passed boxes containing 1,000 signatures until all
the boxes reached the building.

The activists want the government to adopt a law that would eliminate
poverty within 10 years. "We are asking you ... to make Quebec a society
without poverty within 10 years through the most formal way a society can
do so: a law," Vivian Labrie, of the Collective for a poverty-elimination
law, told the legislature.

The group said it hoped its proposal would be debated in a non-partisan
fashion. But the political parties were quick to disagree over how to
respond.

The Opposition Liberals submitted a motion supporting the principles of the
law.

The governing Parti Quebecois, however, said the legislature should adopt a
motion calling for an anti-poverty strategy.

Premier Lucien Bouchard then intervened to say the government has already
adopted several measures to reduce poverty.

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