Re: Social Assistance Challenge for all sitting MLA's

Leslie Schentag (
Thu, 15 Apr 1999 19:47:57 -0700 (PDT)

The MLA that took the challenge was Emory Barnes. And he actually applied
and took welfare for 2 months.
At the end of it, he said, "he was totally digusted with the welfare
system and beleived they should raise the rates to at least poverty level
to allow people at least some dignity." I think that is what he said.
I will send a copy of this email to Val Anderson, Liberal MLA for
Vancouver-Langara. He is the Official Opposition Critic for Human
Resources and see if something can be set up with the Ministry of Social
Services for this proposal 

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On Thu, 15 Apr 1999, Mia Shinbrot wrote:

> On Thu, 15 Apr 1999, Leslie Schentag wrote:
> > I think there should be another challenge sent out to all the sitting
> > MLA's in B.C..
> <snip>
> > Take the assistance checks and try to survive for al least 2 months on
> > welfare using only the monies they recieved from Human Resources and other
> > agencies dealing with the poor.
> I'd be content to see them try to survive for only one month.  I believe
> there was one politician who did that some years ago (anyone remember his
> name?) and he found it a revelation.  He was getting pretty hungry by the
> end of the month.
> The trouble is that, without ID, they probably could never *get* social
> assistance, and with ID they wouldn't get it anyway because their income
> is much too high.  
> I think the politician who did it years ago simply took the equivalent of
> a month's welfare out of his own bank account and lived on that.  Even
> doing that would have a considerable benefit, though it wouldn't teach
> them what a hassle and a humiliation it is to apply for assistance.
> 		Mia Shinbrot
> 	 Witches use brooms because Nature abhors a vacuum.