Immigrants seem to receive more
In March 2006, my niece needed drugs that were not covered by OHIP. She had to get some help from another source. These drugs would have cost her $8,400 for five months of treatment.
The federal government sets aside (in a special fund) money to cover immigrants when they come into the country for their medical needs until they can get on OHIP or other provincial plan.
It's pretty sad that a Canadian-born citizen can't get help from the government.
As Canadian-born citizens, we pay a fantastic amount of taxes and don't get nearly as much as immigrants.
I see something wrong with this picture. People coming into our country want everything and complain about what they are receiving if they feel it isn't enough.
We Canadian-born citizens need to take the bull by the horns and stand up for ourselves because we seem to have less than immigrants.
Friday, August 18, 2006
Immediately following this letter is someone who just happens to share the last name of the previous writer. He thinks that refugees fleeing political prosecution have it better off than Canadian seniors:
Canadian pensioners worse off than refugees
Re: Canada Pension. Do not apply for your old age pension. Apply to be a refugee.
It is interesting that the federal government provides a single refugee with a monthly allowance of $1,890 and each can get an additional $580 in social assistance for a total of $2,470.
This compares very well to a single pensioner who, after contributing to the growth and development of Canada for 40 or 50 years, can only receive a monthly maximum of $1,012 in old age pension and guaranteed income supplement.
Maybe our pensioners should apply as refugees.
Let's send this thought to as many Canadians as we can and maybe we can get the refugees cut back to $1,012 and the pensioners up to $2,470, so they can enjoy the money they were forced to submit to the Canadian government for those 40 to 50 years.
Friday, August 18, 2006
I know you are never supposed to argue with a fool (because they will lower you to their level and then beat you with experience), but that's all I can stands and I can't stands no more. I just sent this letter to the Editor of the Windsor Star:
In response to the writer who claimed that “Canadian-born citizens” don’t get nearly as much as immigrants and cited, as proof, that they were eligible for funding to cover some health care costs until OHIP kicks in:
When my son was born he received his temporary health card almost immediately and long before his birth was officially registered with the government. That just makes sense. Illness doesn’t wait for the paperwork to go through.
I am at a loss to understand why this principle would not apply to immigrants who furthermore pay taxes to a government they cannot even vote for, that is, until they can become naturalized as Canadian citizens.
The heartlessness of the letter that followed saddened me even more greatly. This author complained that refugees receive a monthly allowance greater than the Canadian pensioner and thus, are better off than them. May I remind this author that refugees are souls who have fled their homes and are seeking our protection from a well-founded fear of persecution to themselves and their families and who are sometimes at risk of torture? How can you possibly consider yourself “worse off” than them?
I noticed the authors of these two letters both share the same last name. It begs the question: why are you waging a campaign against the most vulnerable members of our community?
Please forgive me.