In 1989, the House of Commons unanimously passed a motion -- introduced by NDP Leader Ed Broadbetnt upon his retirement -- to eliminate child poverty by the year 2000. Campaign 2000 began in 1991 out of concern about the lack of government progress. It is a "cross-Canada public education movement to build Canadian awareness and support" for ending child poverty in Canada. Since its formation, Campaign 2000 has released annual report cards tracking child poverty rates in Canada and government (in)action on addressing child poverty. A national child care program has always been part of Campaign 2000's plan to eradicate child poverty.
"That this House express its concern for the more than one million Canadian children currently living in poverty and seek to achieve the goal of eliminating poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000." - House of Commons, unanimous all-party resolution, November 24, 1989.
"We are committed to promoting and securing the full implementation of the House of Commons Resolution of November 24, 1989." - Commitment by National and Community Partners Campaign 2000, November 24, 1991.
Protesting child poverty, CBC Archives radio clip, November 23, 1999
Ten years after the House of Commons resolved to end child poverty, Ed Broadbent calls attention to its failure to meet that pledge at a Campaign 2000 candlelight vigil.
Campaign 2000 retrospective: Dealing with structural challenges. Marvyn Novick's Round Table Presentation for release of Campaign 2000's 2011 Report Card, November 23, 2011.