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Raising concerns about the provincial government's approach to Employment and Income Assistance

 On Monday April 26th, I asked a question in Question Period about  a man who had his EIA clawed back when he received a residential school settlement.   James Favel was helpful in telling me this story.  We have subsequent to this question   period confirmed that money from residential school settlements are not to be clawed back, and I am hopeful in this instance the issue will be resolved successfully. 

EIA Constituent Case Concern
Residential School Settlement

Hon. Jon Gerrard (River Heights): Mr. Deputy Speaker, James Favel and others are finding a major problem with the provincial government's operation of the EIA system.

      For example, an individual who received money from a residential school settlement and gave the money to his daughters to help them out, has had his EIA money clawed back. He has been taken off EIA and is now living rough on the street, as he has no other option.

      As the minister knows, and I table, residential school settlements are not to be considered as income under EIA in any event and even less in this instance, where the money has been given to his daughters.

      Why is the minister's government taking money from those who are most in need and then turning around and giving the money, through Bill 71, to those who are most well off in our province?

Hon. Rochelle Squires (Minister of Families): I'm always open to taking matters of individual household cases.

      I would be more than happy to review this one with the member for River Heights. We know that we have made some exemptions and some exclusions and certainly willing to work with him on his particular constituent issue.

      Our government was very proud today to table Bill 72, which will be taking people who have severe and prolonged disabilities off EIA and putting them onto a more dignified income support program to help them as they're dealing with their disabilities and to have a better quality of life.

      That is our government's record. 


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