Industry Minister James Moore criticized and mocked for saying: ‘Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so’

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Industry Minister James Moore is under fire, after Vancouver's News1130 published an online column with the following headline:

"Federal minister says child poverty not Ottawa’s problem: James Moore says child poverty falls under provincial jurisdiction."

What's worse — for Moore — is that in the second paragraph of the article they quote him saying: "Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so."

On Twitter, Moore defended himself suggesting that the quote was taken out of context.

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Moore is taking a lot of heat for this on social media.

"Sorry James but being in government is about making sure that children in a country as rich as ours don't go hungry," NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus wrote on his Facebook page.

Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett said this on Twitter:

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Others took to Twitter mocking Moore with the hashtag: #MooreChristmas

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In Moore's defence, child poverty and the majority of the programs to alleviate it are a provincial responsibility.

And he does say that the federal government has worked towards "empowering families with more power and resources."

Facilitating a strong economy so that people have jobs and money to feed their children is the best social policy out there.

But if Moore — considered one of the most brightest politicians in Ottawa — had to do that interview all over again, I'm betting he'd choose his words a little more wisely.

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