Dr. David McKeown and members of Toronto’s board of health want the province to increase social assistance rates to include a “nutrition allowance” to help the poor pay for healthy meals.
Dr. Mckeown points out that a basic food basket for a family of four costs $538.43 a month.
Contrast this with the amount given to MPs to cover four days a week of food expense.
This means MPs in Ottawa four days a week during the time the House of Commons sits can get more than $17,000 a year in the form of meal money to use to pay their mortgages. And it is absolutely, unquestionably and inarguably wrong.*
*Garth Turner:The meals-for-mortgages scam [Read more…] about Meal subsidy for the poor