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."

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Kev
James Moore looks like he's been on the Fat Bastard diet.
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robsgotit
I bet he's a christian!

Sorry for that folks. I am just so sick of this government.
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Phg
What I really find shocking and disappointing is the surprising no. Of right wing voters who think much the same way! Am I wrong?
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oh my
i made sure i listened to the interview before reading comments. didn't sound like anything was taken out of context to me. arrogant, obnoxious, out of touch, the usual blah blah blah scripted messaging. i hang with people that look after their neighbours, their kids and their property. people that have formed a support network that exceeds boundaries and borders. people that reach out to those that need it the most, often in their situations that are a direct result of cutbacks and a lack of government funding (Federal AND Provincial) where it hurts folks (read families) the most. James Moore should step down, resign along with his disgusting attitude.
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Neo Con Con Men
It's funny how these Fundamentalist Christian Right Wingers conveniently forget parts of their own Bible.

For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give -- large or small -- will be used to measure what is given back to you." (TLB, Luke 6:38)

Oh there's that little bit about Jesus feeding the Poor etc etc.

But hey if your a Neo-CON-servative than you just ignore your own Religious Text.

Instead your believe in rigid Corporate Welfare Ideology.
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Stan
Makes sense, why have both federal and provincial programs?
Twice the administration costs, twice the work to apply for them.
Good to see someone making sense.

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oh my
i can't help it. sorry people, i have to say it. James Moore is a stupid dork. he just 'apologized'. too late for me - too late for many, many children in need. less is moore?
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Liam
Looking at him I doubt that there would be any food left to feed the neighbors children. Whats that saying about pigs politicians and troughs...
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Juan Carlos
Wow, the leftist sheeple are having a field day with this one! I'm guessing less than 10% of them actually read the context of this quote, but let's not miss an opportunity to jump all over this white, fat, conservative pig!!! Clearly, he must be evil and wrong!!!

What he's actually saying, of course, is that it's better to teach someone to fish and give them the resources to fish with... than to be handing out fish for the rest of their lives.

Oh, but wait... what am I thinking... that's exactly what the left would want in the first place. Maybe y'all did read the article after all. Sorry, my bad.
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Mark M
Whoa, when did this become about his religion? I see nothing in this story or on the internet about his religion, but a whole lot about his business background. There are lots of Christians who feed the hungry. And seek to do the same through policy work. See the leader of our Green Party. Even if he is a Christian, that doesn't mean you get to paint all Christians the same. Particularly when so many explicitly state it is our duty to care for the poor.
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out at night
@ Juan Carlos

Nope. He's saying he doesn't think the federal government is responsible for feeding hungry kids. Maybe their parents have fishing rods and maybe they don't. My parent both served in World War II and made the best of the hand life dealt them, but in juries, bad luck, some poor business decisions and a pesky little recession led to our family being quite destitute when I was in my teens. My parents were both hard workers, smart, good people. They pretty much kept a roof over my head and food on the table. But it was the welfare state that paid for my education, and a good part of that food and shelter that kept us afloat through those lean years.

Now I'm a productive, tax paying member of society. Good for me, and thank you to a generous, moral and responsible government (circa 1970s- 80s, i.e., pre-neo-con revolution) for making my welfare a priority.

So, Juan Carlos, this is just my polite way of telling you to go fuck yourself.
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Alan Layton
"What he's actually saying, of course, is that it's better to teach someone to fish and give them the resources to fish with... than to be handing out fish for the rest of their lives."

I despise when people who use this simplistic style of argument because they obviously have been lucky enough to have work in their own field, or are aggressive and smart enough to find other jobs. Not everyone is like that and considering that dumbass religious saying has been around for a couple of thousand years and we STILL have unemployed and/or poor people, tells you that it's not true. So shut the fuck up you religious right-wingers, or not only teach people to 'fish' but then give them a job for life after that. God damn it people like that make me angry.
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john dunn
It isn't the job if the government to feed these children. Certainly not the federal government. Everyone agrees the children must be fed but we using force to redistribute wealth makes us all poorer in the end. It always shocks me that people don't understand this. The hallmark of a free society is not equality, it is the rejection of the use of force.
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Albert Saxby
It is sad that someone in a place of power could be that cold heart'ed, but it is also sad, that these supposedly fiscally responsible types are so short sited, that they can't see that if you don't spend a small amount of money giving people a healthy diet,you will spend a huge amount of money when they show up in the emergency room in poor health.But we all no it is not about saving money.
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JMW
Not quite, "Let them eat cake" - just goes to show that even when crapping on the poor, our elites have lost a lot of class compared to those of a couple hundred years ago...
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Derrick Fernie
Okay Mr. Moore while I agree that you have a right to your opinion so does the public.It's quite apparent what the Tory's think of the public. Let's show them what we think at the next election.But as for Mr. Moore I think you should be forced to resign you have no place in public office.Bc has the highest child poverty rate in Canada parents are forced to pay high rent and excessive grocery prices in this province. And buying a home in our province is beyond the reach of all but a few. We have a provincial premier that is hell bent on selling our province to foreign interests.She is intent on flooding our job market with temporary foreign labor all this to drive the cost of labor down to benefit her handlers people like the IBCA (Independent Business Contractor's Association)run by Philip Hocstein another so called Christian right winger. This province and country is in trouble it's not any enemy we face outside this country we have to fear, it's the one within!Now we have these politicians talking about the Canada pension plan in Meech Lake where another farce was foisted on the Canadian people. The workers of this country could well afford to add a couple of dollars off each pay to get a decent CCP check but these damned employers to not want to contribute their share that's where the real problem lays and these politicians will not go against their handlers.Its time to start to recall these mongrels let their kids eat what our children will eat let them eat cake.
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Derrick Fernie
Apparently JMW you do not know your history Marie Antoinette said Let them eat cake! when she was told the people of France were starving. She lost her head to the guillotine for her trouble.Arrogance is the enemy of the so called elite they cannot help themselves.There is a storm coming in this country the elite are lighting the fires, they are attacking health care ,then it will be, CCP which they are now talking about, then the old age pension.They claim there is no money yet they keep bringing in a flood of immigrants who use our system to the maximum it will stand. They claim they create jobs but for who? Then the working public are taxed more to provide services for them. You go into these major grocery chains they do not have any Caucasians working in them. The stores shelves are loaded down with Asian food products we are being pushed out of our country by these people through no fault of their own they are being used by our politicians to destroy what it took our ancestors hundreds of years to build. Not because they want change for the betterment of society but for greed for the almighty dollar.Now we are talking about building a pipeline to sell cheap bitter-men to the Asian market a soulless entity that will take all we have to give and more. We risk the some of beautiful coast in the world so they can line their pockets with money when do we say enough is enough?

Wake up Canada you are at war with the people that you elect to look after your country.
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Juan Carlos
Wow, you leftist ideologists will miss no opportunity. Allow me to rephrase what I said, removing any and all religious connotations which were completely unintended. I happened to pick a commonly-used phrase. My profuse apologies that it originated in the bible. That has nothing to do with it. How about this:

It is not the purpose of the government to feed the thousands of lazy and entitled Starbuck-drinking, establishment-bashing lazy bums who'd rather complain and whine and scream about how they're getting fucked over continually by the government... but instead, it us up to the government to give a leg-up to those who actually want to better themselves and their situation and to have the opportunity to support themselves and be a positive, contributing factor to this society.

To both of you above who told me to fuck off, read carefully what you said in response to what I said, especially the fact that neither have anything to do with each other.

"out at night", your story is no different than that of many people, including my grandparents. So what? They worked hard, taught their kids strong values and work ethic, and happy ending for everyone. What's that got to do with anything? I think we ultimately agree that hard work and being responsible for yourself is the ticket -- which is exactly what I said.

"Alan Layton", you're just unfortunate to have wound up working a shitty job as a result of making some piss-poor decisions in your life. So now it's time to blame everyone else. Indeed, some of us are fortunate to work in fields we enjoy and are good at. It's not all luck, you know. But as you sat around in those Starbucks complaining how you're continually getting fucked over by "the man", other people went and did something about it.

Y'all would be very sad to hear that were the NDP in power, federal or provincial, they'd be saying the exact same thing. We don't need to look too far back to see the great job our Provincial NDP did feeding those hungry families, eh?

Let's clarify -- to all of you who think it's the government's job to look after you because you're a lazy slob, you're wrong. If you think they're there to help you get ahead when you need support, you're right.

Nobody is suggesting kids should go hungry, but when the parents are entitled, lazy slobs, the problem becomes complicated, doesn't it?
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out at night
Juan Carlos, I suggest you become king or emperor of Canada, and then you can decide who deserves government assistance and who doesn't.

My parents were so broke the government gave us free money to eat, okay? Is that clear and confessional enough for you? After that the government gave me even more free money (not a loan, a bunch of grants) to go to university. My dad died while I was in university and I got even more dough, orphan's benefits from Veteran's Affairs.

All of these hand-outs helped get me to a place where I am employable, skilled and self-sustaining. So if my parents had been "lazy bums", no money for me?

Like I said, the sooner you're in charge the better.

Now fuck off.
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Derrick Fernie
Juan Carlos just who is the government supposed to take care of? Their not taking care of the country or us so why are they receiving big wages and pensions. Oh I get it you think the government is a separate entity a creation unto themselves how quaint!Perhaps you should look up a study done by Mcgill university the paper is called Fiduciary Nature State Legal Authority it tells what their duties are it was done by their legal department.
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