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Dear Friends and Supporters,

Join Marc Laferriere in Ottawa on Friday October 15, 7:30-10:00pm at Dominion Chalmers United Church (355 Cooper Street) for a great evening of laughter with a message. 

The laughter will be provided by celebrated Canadian comedians and media hosts Steve Patterson (CBC’s The Debaters), Don Kelly (TV series Fish Out of Water) and Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Poor No More)! 

The message of the evening will be provided by Ed Broadbent, the first Honorary Director of Canada Without Poverty, who will speak to the importance of eliminating poverty in Canada.

Marc Laferriere a noted anti-poverty activist, Federal Candidate for the Riding of Brant and Board Member of Canada Without Poverty, will introduce Mr. Broadbent.

“Canada Without Poverty is proving to be such a vital force for creating discussion around this country on the ways we can eliminate poverty,” said Laferriere.  “Events like Poverty and Punchlines, our art shows, our documentary screenings and the Dig’n’it(y) busking events all provide venues to be entertained while contributing to the discussion Canada is having about what to do to end domestic poverty.”

“I’m so honoured to work with all of our great board members including Mr. Broadbent who has always been a personal, professional and political hero of mine.  It’s amazing when a person you hold in such esteem not only lives up to but beats all of your expectations.”

Proceeds from Poverty & Punchlines will support the education programs of Canada Without Poverty and the CWP Advocacy Network’s effort to secure passage into law of Bill C-545 (An Act to eliminate poverty in Canada). 

To purchase or reserve tickets and/or for sponsorship inquiries, please contact us at 613-789-0096 or 

We look forward to seeing you at Poverty & Punchlines: Laughter with a Message!

Brant Marc Splash

More About Ed Broadbent:

Ed Broadbent’s distinguished career has spanned academia, civil society and politics.  Born in Oshawa in 1936, Mr. Broadbent graduated first in his class in philosophy at the University of Toronto in 1959, undertook postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics, and obtained his doctorate in political science at the University of Toronto in 1966.  As an undergraduate at the U of T, he obtained his commission as a member of the RCAF reserve.  He has lectured at, and/or been a Fellow of, many universities including McGill, Harvard and Oxford, is currently a Fellow in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University, and is the recipient of a number of honorary degrees. 

First elected to Parliament in 1968, Mr. Broadbent became Leader of the federal NDP in 1975.  Under his leadership through 1989, the NDP reached record party popularity and, for the party, a record number of seats in the 1988 federal election.  Following a 14-year absence from elected office, Mr. Broadbent returned to Parliament in 2004-2006 for the riding of Ottawa Centre.

An expert on economic and social rights, Mr. Broadbent was the founding President of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (now Rights and Democracy).  He was made a member of the Privy Council in 1982, an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993 and a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2002.

More About Canada Without Poverty:

Canada Without Poverty is a federally incorporated, non-partisan, not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada (charity registration #13091 6638 RR001). 

Stemming from the Poor Peoples’ Conference in Toronto in 1971 – a national gathering of low-income citizens – they were founded later that year as the National Anti-Poverty Organization.  In April 2009, they changed their name to Canada Without Poverty.

One of the special characteristics of Canada Without Poverty is that, since its inception in 1971, they have been governed by people with direct, personal experience of living in poverty, whether in childhood or as adults.  This lived experience informs and helps to guide their work.  CWP directors are also deeply engaged in combating poverty within their communities, provinces or territories.  Their efforts extend the reach of our work beyond what is possible by a small staff based in Ottawa.

In 2008 they adopted new mission, vision and values statements.  Acting from the belief that poverty is a violation of human rights and that poverty elimination is a human rights obligation, their work includes raising awareness about poverty, participating in research to generate new knowledge about poverty, and striving to influence public policy to prevent and alleviate poverty.