Social assistance rate protestors ate beans outside Vancouver’s Century Plaza Hotel in the cold while they watched the Premier’s guests arrive for a reportedly $1,000 a plate dinner.
Raise the Rates organizer Bill Hopwood says the welfare rate needs a change.
“It’s been 10 years since welfare has been raised in British Columbia. A single person gets 610 bucks a month. These people are paying more money for one meal than the Premier thinks the people on welfare deserve for a month.”
Hopwood says after paying their rent for an SRO, people on income assistance are left with about $100 for the remainder of the month.
“We should do something about it. We can do something about it. It’s a political will and this government chooses as we say, to feed steak to the rich and beans to the poor.”
The group says homelessness has doubled since the last provincial boost to the welfare rate in 2007, and that B.C. has more people living below the poverty line than any other province in Canada.