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January 12, 2024

Family Service Toronto joins its Campaign 2000: End Child and Family Poverty colleagues in paying tribute to former federal New Democrat leader Ed Broadbent, who died Jan. 11 at the age of 87.

“With his passing, we not only celebrate his life achievements but remind ourselves of the commitment made by the federal government to eradicate family and child poverty so long ago,” said Chris Brillinger, FST’s Executive Director.

“To honour his life and work, we must remain steadfast in our resolve to eradicate child and family poverty in our lifetime. Mr. Broadbent always knew the vision was possible, it is our responsibility to keep that vision front and centre for policymakers until the job is done.”

The birth of Campaign 2000 in 1991 was sparked by Ed Broadbent’s commitment to eliminating child and family poverty.  Activists Marvyn Novick and Rosemarie Popham, co-founders of Campaign 2000, took hold of the resolution introduced by Ed and, building on the work of the Child Poverty Action Group and others, set out to make child poverty a public policy issue in Canada.

Campaign 2000’s full tribute is available on their website at Campaign 2000 Celebrates the Life of Ed Broadbent – Campaign 2000.

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