Priest on the streets

Published March 1, 2004

Canon Harold Munn of Victoria has vowed to sleep in the streets to protest plans by the British Columbia government to put a two-year cap on welfare payments beginning April 1.

Clergy from other faiths will also join Mr. Munn in the protest action to force the Liberal government to revoke the new policy, the Canadian Press reported.

Mr. Munn, rector at the church of St. John the Divine, an inner-city parish, said he and other clergy will be “living on welfare for a couple of days to say how serious we think this is.”

Anti-poverty groups estimate that about 30,000 people could be cut off from welfare rolls completely by the new policy. People with children, disabilities and other barriers to employment will not be affected.


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