Working hard and still living in poverty

I can’t help myself thinking of who will help with the plight of the non-native people of this country, the people like myself?

To the editor:

I watch all the TV coverage on the First Nations and their battle with the federal government. And I can’t help myself thinking of who will help with the plight of the non-native people of this country, the people like myself?

I have worked hard all my life in the hospitality industry, which is not noted for high paying jobs. I cannot afford to buy a house at today’s prices, same as the majority of people working in part-time or full-time service jobs.

I pay dearly for taxes and, believe me, it takes a large chunk of my income which is below the poverty line.

As for housing, I can hardly afford the high rents that are everywhere in this province. I cannot afford a dentist unless it is an emergency and can only hope that one day I can afford to have the work I need done.

Health care payments are another strain on my limited income.

So I watch the First Nations demanding actions to their plight and I can only wonder who will help the non-natives in this country struggling to find affordable housing, heat, food, health care, earning below the poverty line and have to pay taxes,

It all leaves me shaking my head.

Craig Tonn,

Kelowna

 

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