Kenora MP Bob Nault says they're doing a good job in Ottawa, when it comes to lifting people out of poverty. He says their programs have lifted more than 800,000 above the poverty line over the last three years.

"I don't think anybody should underestimate the significance of what that means when you're talking about if the government's doing its job and what are the policies the government's putting forward," he said.

There were more than 4 million people living in poverty across the country in the last census, including 1.7 million in Ontario.

"If you think of 20 per cent, 800,000 people, came out of poverty over the last three years. That means we must be getting something right. We must be going down the right path," Nault added.

A study based on the 2016 census showed Kenora District had one of the highest child poverty rates in the country. While the national average was about 17 per cent of children lived below the poverty line, in the district, the average was closer to 35 per cent.

The low-income threshold is just under $21,000 for single Canadians, or just over $41,000 for a family of four.

Last election, the Liberals promised to spend $23 billion on benefits for children, as well as $840 million on an increase to benefits for low-income seniors. In 2018, the federal government's deficit was estimated at $19 billion a year on spending of just over $330 billion. In the last election, the Liberals pledged to cut the debt to GDP ration from 31 per cent to 27 per cent between 2015 and 2019. The party also pledged a balanced budget in 2019-2020.

A federal election is set for the fall.

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