To The Editor,
Tom Blackwell, “Social assistance recipients allowed to double-dip on CERB payments, depending on the province they live in,” The National Post, May 26, 2020
The Federal Liberal Government is urging the various Provincial and Territorial Governments to allow CERB recipients, especially unemployed Income Support recipients & Disability Pensioners whose annual work income is $5000 plus to keep both their Emergency Response Benefit and their full Social Assistance benefits…
“Ottawa believes CERB should be considered exempt from clawbacks under provincial social assistance programs, said Dura.”
“British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, and Yukon have taken that approach, allowing people on local social benefits to keep both.”
“Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec have taken an in-between approach, clawing back part of the CERB payment from social assistance.”
What we need to ask our Premier and our provincial Liberal Government: “Why?”
In essence, Ottawa is helping some Canadians with Disabilities while ignoring the rest during this global coronavirus pandemic. But to be fair to the Trudeau Liberals, it is a good start. even though it was long overdue. Now we need to advocate more so in order for every Canadian and Newfoundlander & Labradorian with Disabilities to receive assistance.
After we survive this pandemic, it is my hope that our Federal and Provincial/Territorial Governments implement a Guaranteed Basic Income to all low and moderate-income Canadians!
Edward Sawdon, St. John’s, Newfoundland