I've explained why it's relevant. It's sad if a kid has to rely on the Christmas Bureau for a new toy at Christmas, and the generosity of other social agencies that do the best they can. I've seen Freecycle requests cross my desk begging for any second-hand things to help out a kid - clothes, school supplies, etc., but the fact is that these are not kids who run the risk of being hospitalized because of low funding for something like OXYGEN. You have not said exactly why these kids need the money more than anyone else. Are they starving? Living on the street? What is the precise nature of the problem? After all the times I've asked and you've refused to answer, it's a pretty safe bet that you don't actually know any senior citizens who are trying to live on GIS/OAS, so your claim that these low-income seniors are wealthy is from a position of willful ignorance. As for "most likely to vote" - why aren't you out volunteering for the party of your choice, then, and going doorknocking to get the parents of these poverty-stricken children to get out and vote? It's like Rick Mercer said in one of his most famous Rants some years ago (addressed to university students, but the advice is still applicable): "If you want the government to pay attention to you, you have to get out and vote so you get noticed and they'll have to pay attention to you." If these parents don't vote because they don't know where to vote, tell them how to find that out. If they can't get to the polling station because of no transportation, offer to drive them or help them access the services that any credible local party organization should provide: volunteers to drive them to the polling station. If they're working during polling hours, remind them that BY LAW, their employers are obligated to give them THREE CONSECUTIVE HOURS off to vote. Most people don't need that long, but it's still one of the rights a voter has. Make sure people know that if they can't vote on election day, they can vote in the advance poll or by Special Ballot. In short, ranting here will not help these poverty-stricken children. Getting out there in your own riding and offering to help the parents will do much more. No, you're just ranting, and ignoring pertinent questions put to you. Telling me that my 80-year-old father's medical needs are like subsidizing a luxury snowmobile owner is not helpful. It's offensive. Exactly. I'm not ecstatic to see kids living in poverty, and it would be great if all low-income people could be helped. But to vilify one demographic just because it's not the demographic you favor is just nasty. Why are they in greater need at the present time? Are you talking about poor kids in general, or do you have specific kids in mind who have fallen through the cracks in some way? I know how that is, since it happened to my dad and me. I know first-hand how humiliating it is to have to register at the food bank because there's no other way, I know what it's like to have to wear my winter coat to bed because the heating bill couldn't be paid, and I still remember my doctor lecturing me for not taking the medication I couldn't afford to buy. Then read the rest of my post and do your part to help the parents of these children vote for whoever they think will actually help them. It's not a bad thing that seniors tend to vote. They (and I) come from generations that see it as a citizen's duty and opportunity to have our say in who forms the government. Women in particular, I think, are basically spitting on those who fought for women's rights when they don't bother to vote. It's a crime against the country (or should be) that the Chief Electoral Officer is no longer allowed to promote the act of voting. If young people were taught that voting at age 18 is more important than being legally allowed to buy alcohol, maybe more younger people would become lifelong voters.