This week on the show, rabble contributor Doreen Nicoll speaks to Leila Sarangi, national director of Campaign 2000. 

Campaign 2000 is a network of national, regional and local partner organizations who have come together to increase public awareness of the levels and consequences of child and family poverty in Canada. Each year, the organization releases a national report card, measuring the progress – or lack of progress – of reaching the goal of eliminating poverty. 

Last month on the site, national politics reporter Stephen Wentzell detailed the government’s announcement that it would begin the recovery of Canada Emergency Response Benefits (or, CERB) from recipients that the CRA considers ineligible. 

In response to this announcement, Campaign 2000 released a statement saying that these clawbacks will have the gravest effect on mothers – in particular, those with multiple children living on an earned income of $33,000 a year. 

Today, Sarangi joins Nicoll to talk about this statement and also about how poverty is a systemic issue – brought on by colonialism’s ongoing legacy in Canada. Solutions to poverty must look at things through a lens of dismantling racist systems in place. 

Read Doreen Nicoll’s full article based on her interview with Leila Sarangi here.

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