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Lieutenant Governor of Ontario says we can ‘absolutely’ eliminate poverty
Dowdeswell was making her first-ever trip to Kawartha Lakes and met with Mayor Andy Letham and other community leaders.

Lieutenant Governor says we can ‘absolutely’ eliminate poverty

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Declaring that all of us are vulnerable to changing life circumstances, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell says we can “absolutely” end poverty as we know it if we choose to do so. Dowdeswell was making her first-ever trip to Kawartha Lakes and met with Mayor Andy Letham, as well as local Federal MP Jamie Schmale, a number of councillors, business people, and other community leaders, to talk about tourism.

In a scrum with reporters at the event, The Advocate asked if she thought poverty was a social construction and something we can virtually eliminate if we choose.

“Absolutely,” she said.

“We’re all vulnerable to change and…people can get left behind.”

Dowdeswell says she was always struck by the need for food banks, for instance, in a nation of such abundance, especially in agriculture.

Lieutenant Governors have always chosen areas of focus when they are appointed to the Office. Dowdeswell’s areas of focus are inclusive economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and social cohesion. On the website of Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell it reads:

“Ontarians are fortunate to live in a comparatively prosperous country in which a vast majority of the population has seen rising standards of living over the past 150 years. Yet not all have benefitted from equal access to prosperity, notably Indigenous people, racialized persons, women, and people employed in traditional economic sectors.”

As well, her website notes that:

“The concept of inclusive prosperity understands that resources are not always fairly distributed in today’s complex and changing world, and recognizes that economic uncertainty has a social cost and that the road to prosperity may be different depending on one’s lived experience, community, or region. It challenges Ontarians to consider the sources of future prosperity and the ways in which as many people as possible have a chance to meaningfully participate in economic and social spheres.”

After Dowdeswell met with the local group of politicians and community leaders to discuss tourism, she was to board a boat for a short tour through Lock 32 in Bobcaygeon.

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Roderick Benns is the publisher of The Lindsay Advocate. He is the author of 'Basic Income: How a Canadian Movement Could Change the World,' and is also on the communications team of the Basic Income Canada Network. An award-winning author and journalist who grew up in Lindsay, Roderick has interviewed former Prime Ministers of Canada, Senators, and Mayors across Canada. He also wrote and published a series of books for youth about Canada's Prime Ministers as teens.

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  1. It is impossible to participate in economic and social spheres when a community or a government targets those who speak a different or unpopular truth. More than anything else, that causes poverty and exclusion. Workplace mobbing – including the well-recognized ambush tactic – can literally drive a target to suicide while the proponents of the mob self congratulate the victory of their mob conspiracy over their target of a single, often very vulnerable individual. By defeating, excluding and breaking those individuals with a conscience different than yours, by making them the victim of gang- or mob-exclusion, you rationalize making it okay to force them into homelessness and to starve them. It dehumanizes them as vermin. We must be vigilant against rationalizing making our opponents the enemy.

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