OTTAWA — A new report out today is calling on the Trudeau government to reverse a policy that prevents non-permanent resident families living in Canada, including irregular migrants, from receiving the Canada Child Benefit.
Poverty advocates say this policy is discriminatory and is “glaringly inconsistent” with Canada’s international obligations to protect human rights.
The report estimates roughly 3,000 families are excluded from the Canada Child Benefit based on their immigration status. These include families in which parents do not have permanent status or who are still awaiting the outcome of their refugee claims.
The report says a far higher proportion of non-permanent residents are living in poverty than the general population.
The report also says non-permanent residents are required to pay income tax, but do not qualify for this benefit.
Anita Khanna of Campaign 2000 calls this policy unfair and says it negatively affects the livelihoods and future outcomes of these families.
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Omar Khadr’s Wikipedia incorrectly describes him as a Canadian soldier
Although Mr. Khadr is a Canadian citizen, he never served in the Canadian Armed Forces or acted as a serviceman in any capacity.
Recent Wikipedia results list convicted Al-Qaeda terrorist Omar Khadr as a “Canadian soldier” in the Google search engine.
Omar Khadr was detained by the United States Army at the notorious Guantanamo Bay for his involvement with the terrorist cell and his direct involvement in the death of U.S Sergeant Christopher Speer.
Upon his release and return to Canada, Mr. Khadr sued the Canadian government for infringing his rights and freedoms by being complicit in his unfair treatment during detainment.
In 2017, the Canadian Government settled out of court with Khadr for $10.5 million CAD.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who oversaw the settlement said that the settlement was the “best option”.
“I can understand Canadians’ concerns about the settlement. In fact, I share those concerns about the money; that’s why we settled. If we had continued to fight this, not only would we have inevitably lost, but estimates range from C$30 to C$40 million that it would have ended up costing the government,” Trudeau told reporters at a news conference outside Parliament” said Trudeau.
The description appears right under Omar Khadr’s name on mobile search engines.
Although Mr. Khadr is a Canadian citizen, he never served in the Canadian Armed Forces or acted as a serviceman in any capacity. While in Afghanistan, Omar Khadr did in fact fight as a soldier, but never alongside Canadian men and women in uniform, but rather, he fought as a terrorist insurgent.
Trudeau on the spot over veteran’s benefits to cop killer
“I will not answer another question from conservatives on the case.” That was the response Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave, after being cornered on why the government continued to fund PTSD treatment for a convicted cop killer.
The government has in the recent past been hard-pressed to explain why Christopher Garnier continued to receive Veteran’s benefits even though he never served in the military.
The outrage stems from a recent court hearing, where it was proven that the convicted cop killer continues to see a private psychologist under the Veteran Affairs Canada program.
In December of last year, Garnier was convicted of murdering Catherine Campbell, a 36-year old off-duty cop, and dumping her body in a compost bin. His lawyer has always insisted upon mental illness as a defence for Garnier.
The fact that Veteran Affairs continues to cover the costs has not gone well with Conservative members of parliament. The current administration’s defence, presumably, is that treatment may be justified given that Garnier is a son to a veteran who is also undergoing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Conservatives Vs Trudeau
What seems to outrage Conservative MP’s even further is the fact that serving members of the army who are dishonourably discharged on murder charges do not receive any benefits under the VAC.
According to Conservative MP John Brassard, the government should stop paying the benefits to the cop killer for the sake of those who served their country honourably.
The administration struggled to provide answers to a barrage of questions in a stormy session that threatened to boil over.
Hard pressed to explain what the government intended to do; the prime minister accused conservative MP’s of trying to play politics with tragedies.
The PM would then clarify that he would not be answering a single question about the case.
Conservative MP Phil McColeman’s stance
Veteran Affairs Critic and Conservative MP Phil McColeman did not take the PM’s position lightly.
“What we saw today is an outrage, which we cannot ask questions to this government as to why an individual who has never served a minute in the military qualifies for benefits, PTSD benefits, PTSD that he claimed in court were caused by the fact that he murdered (Campbell),” McColeman said.
Concerned by the way the public has reacted to the matter amidst widespread condemnation, the government has promised to look into how and why Garnier is a beneficiary of VAC benefits.
Three people injured in hammer attack in B.C.
According to reports a man is in custody following a hammer attack on the Queensborough Bridge in New Westminster, B.C. that put three people, including an elderly man in the hospital Sunday.
According to Police statements to CTV News the suspect in custody used a hammer to attack an elderly man on the bridge and subsequently assaulted two “Good Samaritans” who tried to stop the beating.
“When officers arrived, the suspect still had the weapon in his hand,” the New Westminster Police Department said in a news release. “The male did not listen to police direction to drop the weapon, and again began attacking one of the victims.”
Police said officers eventually forced the suspect to drop the hammer using “less- lethal” weapons, which gave them an opportunity to rush in and arrest him.
Police described the victim’s injuries as not life-threatening.
“We are thankful that this was not worse than it was, which can be attributed to the people who helped stop the attack and the quick response of NWPD patrol officers,” Sgt. Jeff Scott said in a statement.
The suspect is being held in custody pending a court appearance.
His name hasn’t been released because no charges have been laid against him.
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