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Local Politician Spends Month on Welfare | Care2 Causes

Local Politician Spends Month on Welfare | Care2 Causes

A British Columbia MLA recently completed his month on welfare . Jagrup Brar, the MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood, and a member of the New Democrat Party, left his middle-class lifestyle behind to get in touch with the poorest of the poor. Starting on New Year’s Day, he had $610 to live on throughout the month. That’s the amount social assistance provides to single adults who are considered employable. He spent the latter-half of January living in the notorious Eastside, Vancouver’s skid row, and after rent and public transit, only $108 was left to cover his food expenses for the month. He ran out of money a few days early. The last of his cash went to some bread and eggs. When the month ended and his self-imposed challenge was complete, he was able to return to his Surrey home, a good 15 pounds lighter and “a changed man,” by his own admission. “I was full of fear about what it ...

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