Transcript: James Moore says it's not his job to feed his neighbour's kid
News 1130 has posted the audiotape on its website of Industry Minister James Moore's controversial comments about the federal government's role in addressing child hunger.
Moore has claimed that his comment that it wasn't his job to feed his neighbour's kid was taken out of context.
It came after he said that the Conservative government "wasn't going to usurp the province's jurisdiction" over addressing child poverty.
Here's the remainder of his remarks:
"How one certainly scales and define poverty is not quite an apples to apples comparison all across the country. There's no question that prosperity is up, unemployment is down. Unemployment is down in every region of this country if you look over the past few years; it's slightly up if you look at where it was two and three years ago.
More Canadians are working now than ever before. A million net new jobs have been created across this country, and through economic growth, obviously you create more prosperity, more opportunity for everybody.
We've never been wealthier as a country than we are right now. Never been wealthier.
Well, obviously nobody wants kids to go to school hungry. But yeah, 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? Empowering families with more power and resources so that they can feed their own children is, I think, a good thing.
...Is it my job to feed my neighbour's child? I don't think so."