MP Ruimy welcomes parliamentary committee, HUMA, to Maple Ridge to study poverty reduction strategies.
PITT MEADOWS – MAPLE RIDGE – On Friday, February 17th, MP Ruimy will welcome the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) to Maple Ridge for their study on poverty reduction strategies. MP Ruimy is a standing member of the parliamentary committee which typically meets twice a week to study relevant subject matters and legislation before the Federal Government.
The HUMA Committee has been studying poverty since October 2016 and is currently undergoing a cross-country tour of six Canadian regions to meet with front line workers and engage with communities on innovative approaches to tackling poverty. During their time in British Columbia, the committee will be visisting site locations in Langley, Maple Ridge, and Port Coquitlam as well as holding a public hearing with witnesses including local stakeholders, organizations and municipal representatives. The hearing will take place at the Maple Ridge Arts Centre & Theatre (ACT) on February 17th from 10:30am-2:00pm and is open for observation to members of the public.
The committee’s study is in line with the Government’s objectives to eliminate poverty in Canada and as a standing member of the committee, MP Ruimy brings his experience and the voices of Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge to the table. He is a strong advocate for innovative approaches to ending poverty and has a close working relationship with many anti-poverty initiatives in the community. Last summer, MP Ruimy hosted a National Housing Strategy round-table in the riding and continues to work closely with his Youth Council on social conditions related to poverty such as mental health.
“I am proud to be bringing our parliamentary committee right here to Maple Ridge to study this important issue. It is essential that communities and front line workers have a direct say in the development of a national poverty reduction strategy. Bringing the committee here is a great opportunity to showcase both the great work being done by organizations in our community as well as shed light on the challenges that emerging cities such as our own are facing. While I am often bringing Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge to Ottawa, it is my privilege to bring Ottawa to Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge!” – Dan Ruimy, Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge; Member of the HUMA Committee
“We’ve seen many innovative approaches to reducing poverty on this trip, and I’m looking forward to learning more in our community visits in BC. We know how important it is to see how poverty is experienced, measured, and reduced in communities across Canada. Thank you to everyone presenting for sharing your expertise with HUMA, here in BC and in our visits across the country.” – Bryan May, Member of Parliament for Cambridge; Chair of the HUMA Committee
Associated Links – http://www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/HUMA