Tories praised for efforts to combat problem of homeless Canadians
Oct 28, 2013 / 2:24 pm
OTTAWA - The Conservative government is getting high marks from a non-profit group that fights homelessness, as an estimated 30,000 people sleep on Canada's streets each night.
At a conference on homelessness, a keynote speaker had praise for an otherwise embattled government's commitment to the issue.
Tim Richter, head of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, said the Tories are going to "radically overhaul" Canada's response to homelessness.
He said Ottawa's homelessness commitment is unlike anything seen in the past, and will have a major impact on how communities respond to homelessness in the future.
Social Development Minister Candice Bergen said the government is determined to "equip and empower" people to lift themselves out of poverty.
Bergen is to outline the government's commitment to tackling homelessness more fully later at the conference.
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