Ms. Margaret Mitchell (Vancouver East):
Mr. Speaker, my supplementary question is directed to the Minister responsible for the status of women. The Canadian Council on Social Development report also documented the feminization of poverty. The Minister knows that many women would be able to survive alone, but because they have children to support on their own, with very low wages or welfare, they just cannot make it. Would the Minister recommend, therefore, an increase in family allowances to assist low income mothers particularly? Would she also advocate a change in the welfare system to provide continuing social assistance for children while low income parents work?
Hon. Judy Erola (Minister of Consumer and Corporate
Affairs): Mr. Speaker, the Hon. Member is always looking for simple solutions to very deep problems.
Subtopic: PLIGHT OF SINGLE FEMALE PARENTS