“Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so”
James Moore, Industry Minister.
This comment got James Moore in trouble. In the above article, you will read after some denials, it is a comment he had to apologize for.
It is a comment that angered many people. It is a comment that lacked compassion, sensitivity, and understanding.
It is also a comment that many have said.
Let’s face it. There is a sense of NIMBY(Not In My Back Yard) that crosses our path. How many of us are willing to admit they have walked past a homeless person and ignored them? Why? Perhaps, there is a sense that there are agencies and organizations that will help out the homeless? Unfortunately, it is a habit that is a part of our society.
We can ignore it, but the reality is we do have an issue with child poverty in Canada. According to a group called First Call, one in five children are statistically poor. British Columbia has the highest child poverty rate in Canada. Below, is a report from CBC News discussing this.
So, my question to you is this. Is it your or my job to feed our neighbour’s child?