MVA Leaders meet with Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Services and Poverty Reduction

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Left to right: Deborah Littman Organizer MVA, Barbara Brown Christ Church Cathedral and behind her Brenda Beck, St. Laurence Anglican Church, The Hon. Shane Simpson Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, AJ Brown, Christ Church Cathedral, James Cavalluzzo, BC Government Employees Union, The Rev. Margaret Marquardt, Diocese of New Westminster Eco-Justice Unit and Tracey Maynard, Lead Organizer, MVA

Leaders from MVA (Metro Vancouver Alliance) member organizations met with Provincial Minister Simpson (January 23, 2018) to follow-up on the commitments made to MVA at the Provincial Election Accountability assembly regarding the clawback of CPP from those on disability.

On April 4, 2017, John Horgan and Andrew Weaver committed to ending the clawback for CPP benefits for those on disability in response to AJ Brown and Barbara Brown's testimonies on the impact of this clawback on families in our communities. They described the tough choices that have to be made when not being able to make ends meet, including facing depression and pain and not being able to afford appropriate treatment and have enough to pay rent.

Minister Simpson agreed to meet with us again in April following the conclusion of the Poverty Reduction Forums that are in progress now.  MVA will continue to work diligently towards this concern as part of the poverty reduction strategy legislation and regulation. We will continue to work with our partners in the Poverty Reduction Coalition on this and other issues related to poverty in the lower mainland. 

The Rev. Margaret Marquardt, Chair, Diocesan Eco-Justice Unit and the Coordination committee of Metro Vancouver Alliance.

The Anglican Diocese of New Westminster is a Sponsoring Organization of MVA

Please email us at info@metvanalliance.org to join the team working on the clawback of CPP benefits for those on disability pension in BC.

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