Industry Minister James Moore apologizes for saying it is not his job to feed hungry kids

by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Industry Minister James Moore has apologized for what he admits were insensitive comments about feeding hungry children.

“In response to a question from a reporter last week, I made an insensitive comment that I deeply regret. I apologize,” Moore said Monday in a statement posted on his website.

The minister reportedly told a Vancouver radio station that it was not his job to feed “my neighbour’s child.”

Moore was speaking about the state of child poverty, which has opened the Harper government up to broader criticism.

The NDP called Moore’s comments callous and heartless and demanded an apology.

The Liberals accused the government of failing hungry kids and poor families.

“During the holidays many of us are looking to help our neighbours and those in need,” NDP critic Jinny Sims said in a statement Monday. “For a Conservative minister to claim that child poverty isn’t his problem is heartless.

“Child poverty has continued to grow under this government and now they’re saying it’s not their problem.”

Ralph Goodale, the Liberal deputy leader, said Moore’s comments represented one more example of the “scorched-earth policies” of the Harper government.

“Ministers in the Harper cabinet last week tried to wash their hands of the searing statistic that one child in seven in Canada lives in poverty and goes to school every day on an empty stomach,” Goodale said in a statement.

“The Conservatives say that’s too bad, but it’s not their problem — despite two resolutions in Parliament in recent years calling for national action and federal leadership to tackle child poverty.”

Moore reportedly told Vancouver radio station News1130 that it was not up to the federal government to ensure children had enough to eat.

“Certainly, we want to make sure that kids go to school full-bellied, but is that always the government’s job to be there to serve people their breakfast?” he was quoted as saying.

“Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so,” he said.

Initially, Moore appeared to distance himself from the remarks, which set off a wave of criticism on social media.

But on Monday, he issued a statement that backtracked categorically.

“Caring for each other is a Canadian ethic that I strongly believe in — always have and always will. Of course poverty is an issue that concerns me, and concerns all Canadians,” he said.

Moore said that “all levels of government, indeed all members of our society” need to show compassion for those in need.

“Great work has been done to tackle poverty and the challenges associated with poverty. And while more work is needed, I know the cause of fighting poverty is not helped by comments like those I made last week.

“For that, I am sorry.”




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Industry Minister James Moore apologizes for saying it is not his job to feed hungry kids

  1. Oh I have no doubt he’s sorry he said it….but now we all know it’s what he believes.

    • What they ALL believe.

      • Yup, all those good ‘christian’ folk too. ‘Let em eat cake’.

        • It’s always the so-called Christian right that love to tell poor people to go screw themselves.

          • Yeah, never figured that out….totally opposite to what Jesus said, yet they call themselves ‘christians’

          • Their Jesus has the looks of James Brody and the brain of Sarah Palin. Praise Jesus!

          • I dunno…they’re old testament ‘christians’…..they like the smiting but none of the love-thy-neighbour stuff.

          • Willful ignorance. They’re always right. Those that are poor are not trying hard enough. They are not true believers.

  2. “The Liberals accused the government of failing hungry kids and poor families”.

    And then reality set in.

    Enjoy your point scoring.

    • Missing-the-point-on purpose, john g.

    • Why on earth would the journalist bring child poverty statistics into an article about child poverty? That would be journalism! That’s not propaganda! Moore bad! Justin good!

  3. He said it was not his job to feed “my neighbour’s child”.

    And at Christmas too. Are there no workhouses? They’re coming. Until then, when they grow up we’ll have to make do with mandatory minimums and three to a cell.

  4. Why is he apologizing for something that, a mere day ago, was all but made up? Was there a recording or something? #EbeneezerMoore

  5. Moore was speaking about the state of child poverty, which has opened the Harper government up to broader criticism.

    Hmm, child poverty is a provincial responsibility, yes?

    Hey, what happened in Ontario between 1995 and 2001 to reduce child poverty from over 16% down to 12%?

    Oh yeah. Mike Harris.

    What happened in 2003 to send it shooting back up to 16% by 2004?

    Oh yeah. Dalton Mcguinty.

    Who was PM in Canada when child poverty remained around or above 16% between 1993 and 2003, despite the meteoric drop in Ontario, the largest province, over the same time frame?

    Oh yeah. Jean Chretien.

    Enjoy your narrative, Canadian Press.

    • Way to miss the point.

      And it’s deliberate

    • Huh? I guess we see what we want to see.

      Child Poverty rates spiked the year Mike Harris took office and stayed high for 4 years.

      You could also say that during that same time period it decreased during the Chretien years

      But I guess a blind partisan like you interpret things they want to.

    • What did Harris do to the level of welfare payments to single moms?

      • Enough to reduce child poverty by 25% on his watch.

        Next?

        • Statistics courtesy of the Conservative Party.

          • Yeah, that would be StatsCan, the same StatsCan liberals proclaim to love, you know, evidence-based policy and all that. I guess Liberals like StatsCan but hate the actual statistics coming out of StatsCan, you know, the actual evidence.

          • Save that one the next time someone trots out the old “reality has a liberal bias” line.

    • Don’t ruin their evidence-based policy with actual evidence!

    • BTW, I’ve been reusing your link. Thanks.

  6. Finally he says something I agree with….you know who should feed their kids? Their parents. No more government.

    • Ahhh you’re one of the moocher Libertarians I see.

    • Cut of CPP & OAS while we’re at it, the EmilichekOneski can work for a living.

      • Those nursing homes and long term care facilities are all heavily subsidized and actually depend on federal welfare OAS and GAINS to pay the basic rent. Surely we should help the children who are more important than useless bed blocking elderly.
        But perhaps it is time to look at free universal education. Why should James Moore pay to educate every kid on some block he’ll never drive down?

        • Kids don’t vote, geezers do. Kids lose.

          • Right on. The feds do a lot of senior welfare, and want to help middle income kids voting parents buy hockey equipment, but just draw the line at actual hunger.
            Maybe they think kids could boil their leather hockey gloves and eat the soup!

    • Shouldn’t you be busy building your own roads and setting up a perimeter to protect your property against Santa?

  7. “During the holidays many of us are looking to help our neighbours
    and those in need,” NDP critic Jinny Sims said in a statement Monday.
    “For a Conservative minister to claim that child poverty isn’t his
    problem is heartless.

    Child poverty has continued to grow under this government and now they’re saying it’s not their problem.”

    Flat out lies and I’ve already posted the chart that proves it.

    • No you haven’t.

  8. “Ministers in the Harper cabinet last week tried to wash their hands of
    the searing statistic that one child in seven in Canada lives in poverty
    and goes to school every day on an empty stomach,” Goodale said in a
    statement.

    Under his government it was one child in 6.

  9. He is right. Parents responsible not government.

    • So if parents are irresponsible… then what? Let ‘em go hungry?

      • Are there no dumpsters?

      • Time to bring in that Swift ‘Modest Proposal’ reference again i think.

      • No maybe punish parents who don’t feed the kids, food is everywhere most kids are obese, seems like laziness more.

        • And if the choice is between food or shelter…? Sometimes it isn’t irresponsibility; it’s pure lack of money.

  10. James Moore’s modest proposal. Well, I admire his honesty. We are so used to the Liberals enacting policies that increase inequality and starve children while speaking out against it, that Mr. Moore’s forthrightness is refreshing. I prefer this to more hypocrisy. Let us know where the evil lies rather than have them hide among us. Only then can we excise the cancer and end the LPC-CPC legacy.

  11. Why do conservatives have such a hard time with apologies? He first tried to lie about it, then he tried to blame others and finally, when Twitter would not relent, he apologized only in the hope that it would go away. Sounds like Rob Ford, but it could be any of them, and in this case it was Moore.

    Keep your kids away from the news. The conservatives will corrupt them for life.

  12. I’m sure the millions this government has squandered on reenacting the War of 1812 and building yet more holocaust memorials could have gone to good use in the fight to end child hunger in Canada, but when you can give money to your friends’ advertising companies to put out EAP ads, it does not make sense to worry about CHILDREN especially if they are your neighbours. What idiots.

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