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Liberal Government must step up to support the most vulnerable in NL: Brazil
Brazil says the Salvation Army’s Hope in the City Breakfast served as an important reminder of how the people of Newfoundland and Labrador are struggling with the cost of living like never before.
Friday, November 18, 2022

(November 17, 2022, St. John’s) – David Brazil, PC Official Opposition Leader and MHA for Conception Bay East-Bell Island, says the Salvation Army’s Hope in the City Breakfast served as an important reminder of how the people of Newfoundland and Labrador are struggling with the cost of living like never before.

Brazil, along with caucus colleagues, attended the event to show support for the 35,000 people in need supported by the Salvation Army.

“Nationally, the Salvation Army is seeing a 30 percent increase in families and children who need support over the holiday season. Here at home, the Salvation Army estimates the need for food hampers will
double over last year. As the cost of fuel, groceries, and heat continues to skyrocket here in Newfoundland and Labrador, it’s a reminder of the great need in our community for supports this time of
year,” said Brazil.

“Food banks are reporting record line ups, with some having to close temporarily because of the difficulty keeping up with demand. Now, more than ever, it’s important for people to step up, if they are able, and
support local charities and food banks to help those in need over the holiday season.”

Brazil says it’s time for the Liberal Government to step up and support the most vulnerable members of our community.

“A one-time cheque is a momentary relief, not a solution to poverty in our communities. The Liberal Government discontinued the poverty reduction strategy introduced under a PC administration and only recently began studying poverty in our communities,” said Brazil.

“It’s too little, too late for many of the most vulnerable people in our society. The Liberal Government is printing money for infrastructure projects, but when the most vulnerable need supports, they are slow to act. It’s incumbent on everyone in our province: If you’re able, support a local charity or food bank and help make sure those most vulnerable can be supported over the holiday season.”

 

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Director of Strategic Communications

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DavidMaher@gov.nl.ca

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