QUEEN’S PARK – Doug Ford’s PC continues to ignore calls for people with disabilities (PWDs) and deny opportunities to deal with the cost of living they are facing. After blocking the Greens’ movement to double the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) rate two weeks ago, PCs declined again today by stifling Opposition Day Motion.
“Thousands of people in Ontario live 30 percent below the official poverty line because the Ford government has refused to raise ODSP rates to liveable levels,” the head of Ontario Greens and Guelph’s MPP Mike Schreiner spoke at #Rally4ODSP yesterday about Queen’s Lawn Park.
“This is legal poverty.
“Inflation is sky-high. The cerebral palsy is forced to choose between putting food on the table and covering their heads with a roof. And what about Doug Ford’s answer? To offer a modest 5 percent increase that is inconsistent with inflation, it’s an insult. It’s a disrespect. Especially when we know the prime minister is having a budget surplus,” Schreiner said.
A single person in ODSP is forced to live on $1,228 a month, or $14,736 a year, about 30 percent below the provincial poverty line at around $20,000.
‘Not humane or sustainable’
Schreiner also points out that poverty costs $33 billion a year in Ontario. “Ending legal poverty is both the right thing to do and the financial responsibility to do,” Schreiner said.
The Ontario Greens are the first provincial party to listen to the calls of the visually impaired and support doubling the ODSP.
“Greens will lead the fight for the mentally handicapped. and against the Poverty Law of Doug Ford,” Sheriner said.