Ottawa should top up the incomes of Canada's 650,000 working poor through an earned-income supplement to help lift them to a decent standard of living. The working poor are people who work at least 910 hours a year, yet have incomes below the poverty line. For a family of four in the Toronto area, that means earning less than $32,500 a year. An income supplement could be delivered like the Conservatives' new child-care benefit, which gives every family with children under 6 a cheque for $100 a month.

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