To The Honourable Don McRae, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation,
As you probably know I am taking part in Raise The Rates’ 3rd Annual Welfare Food Challenge starting on Thursday, October 16th.
On the same day that I announced I was taking the Challenge, you were reported in the media as saying that you were looking at raising welfare rates.
I welcome this announcement.
I thought that, to better inform your decisions, you would like to join me in taking The Welfare Food Challenge. This would give you lived experience, albeit only for a week, of the reality of living on welfare in BC. The reality of eating what a person on welfare lives on would, undoubtedly, help in deciding on assistance levels.
I also thought that, after The Challenge, once we both recover, we should meet together to discuss our experiences and our ideas for the way ahead.
Thank you so much for your consideration, and I look forward to sharing The Welfare Food Challenge Experience.
With Sincerity, and In Gratitude,