Poor No More

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Poor No More
Directed by Bert Deveaux
Suzanne Babin
Produced by David Langille
Suzanne Babin
Narrated by Mary Walsh
Deveaux Babin Productions
Release date
  • April 12, 2010 (2010-04-12)
Running time
53 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget CA$550,000

Poor No More is a 2010 documentary film directed by Canadian filmmakers Bert Deveaux and Suzanne Babin. The executive producer is David Langille. Hosted by Canadian actor and comedian Mary Walsh, the film is set at the height of the late 2000s recession and looks at solutions for Canada's working poor. The film follows two working Canadians and Mary Walsh to Ireland and then to Sweden, where they take a closer look at how the Nordic Model has affected living standards for the Swedish.

The characters are Durval Terceira and Liquor Control Board of Ontario employee Vicki Baier. Each compares their standard of living in Canada with the standard of living for the Swedes and Irish. The film discusses Canada's need for better social services in regards to unemployment insurance, universal health care, pensions, and full-time union-protected jobs. Poor No More shows how, in Sweden, the labour movement works hand-in-hand with corporate entities to ensure a stronger social safety net offering universal child care, and income and training systems for the unemployed.

A rough cut sneak preview of Poor No More was screened in several provinces as part of the first Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF), held in November 2009.

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