Judging Poverty: Using International Human Rights Law to Refine the Scope of the Charter

Judging Poverty: Using International Human Rights Law to Refine the Scope of the Charter by Bruce Porter of the Charter Committee on Poverty Issues is about whether the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms' section on a person's right to equality includes the right of someone to get an adequate level of social assistance. Porter also talks about international human rights treaties on "social and economic" rights and what they should mean in Canada, where poverty is currently seen as a social policy issue but not as a human rights issue.

In the spring of 2001, in an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, (Gosselin v. Quebec (23 April 1999) District of Montreal No. 500-09-001092-923 (Que. C.A.)) anti-poverty advocates will be arguing that the right to adequate financial assistance is an enforceable human right, not just a policy decision by a local government.