“It’s déjà vu all over again”

The famous quip by baseball legend Yogi Berra could easily be applied to recent attempts to reform social assistance here in Ontario.

On Thursday, Hamilton East — Stoney Creek MPP Paul Miller will present a bill for second reading in the Ontario Legislature: Bill 6 could help fix a broken social assistance system that currently leaves recipients living in dire poverty. At the heart of the legislative initiative is an attempt to restore dignity and opportunity for 900,000 social assistance recipients in this province who often become trapped in the cycle of deep poverty.