Well, if this isn't typical. Premier Dalton McGuinty of Ontario was elected partly on his party's platform of reducing poverty by 25% in five years, but now that he is starting the process of "getting firsthand feedback" (his words) apparently that doesn't include getting any input from the people actually living in poverty.
Today poor people protested the invitation-only poverty session. Some of the protesters had their mouth shut with tape with the word "silence' written on the tape. Infoshop has a good story about people's struggle to be heard..
I must say, however, the Premier's 25% reduction on poverty sounds a whole lot better than what is promoted in cities around the country including Springfield-- and some states have their own plan, also; Massachusetts does-- although sometimes I get confused: is it eliminate chronic homelessness in five years? or all homelessness in ten years? or ten percent in five years? or five percent in...oh, never mind.
Premier McGuinty must know something about where the economy is headed that I don't know, to set his sights so high.