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Tuesday September 1st, 2015

Posted at 10:53am

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A Canada wide campaign was launched in Windsor Tuesday morning by community groups looking to make poverty an election issue.

The goal of the Vote to End Poverty national campaign is to help Canadians better understand what the cost of poverty is to the nation and encourage voters to ask local candidates and political parties about their plan is to end poverty in Canada.

Supporters are encouraged to use the hashtag #VotetoEndPoverty on social media platforms to increase the momentum and exposure of the campaign. Residents can also visit the website VotetoEndPoverty.ca to find out which communities are participating and find out what else can be done to get involved.

Locally, the Windsor-Essex local poverty reduction strategy developed the campaign concept and has joined with the Downtown Mission of Windsor.

“The Downtown Mission of Windsor is proud to stand up for those in need, launching a campaign to start a conversation seems the very least we could do,” said Ron Dunn, Executive Director of the United Church Downtown Mission of Windsor. “Policies around the automotive sector, healthcare, education, tax reform, the environment, mental health issues and poverty are all worth talking about and worth our connected effort to ensure they are addressed during this election.”

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