Living with poverty is hard. It hurts people’s health, education, and living conditions. It’s also incredibly expensive. Every year, poverty costs British Columbia up to $9.2 billion. Like most provinces in Canada, however, the B.C. government could enact a plan to end it—saving the province up to $6 billion a year. But Premier Christy Clark continues to ignore calls for a poverty reduction plan, wasting taxpayers’ money as one in 10 people in the province continue to struggle in poverty.