A really good follow-up piece, by Andrew McLeod in The Tyee, on the disabled Mom whose $187 per month in child support is being clawed back so that our Premier can save up to fund her next Bogus Bollywood Bonanza in the spring of 2017:
Jessica Sothcott could work and earn as much as $9,600 a year without it affecting the amount she receives in disability payments, but every dollar she receives in child support from her daughter's father is deducted in full from what the government will provide.
"I was shocked," said the mother of two who was at the British Columbia legislature with her 14-year-old daughter Rosalie on Wednesday to draw attention to the issue.
Sothcott said she raised the matter with the office that administers the province's Person With Disability benefits. "When I finally got on PWD, I went there and I said, 'Why are you taking my child support off my cheque still, because I'm allowed to earn $800 a month?' And they said, 'Oh, you don't earn that money.'
"I walked away," she said. "I didn't know what to say. I'm like, well, I'm pretty sure I do."...
And what does the Minister responsible, the man who loses his train of thought every time the wind blows, have to say about it all:
...B.C.'s Social Development Minister Don McRae told The Tyee that while he's sympathetic, the government can't afford the roughly $17 million it would cost to allow parents receiving government benefits to keep child support payments.
"You know what, I would like to continue to reform income assistance opportunities or programs in the province," he said. “One of the things I'd like to do is grow the economy so we can make these choices. There's lots of good ideas out there, by all means."
Asked why child support payments are clawed back while money from earned income is not, McRae said, "That was a policy decision based before my time."
He added, "Income assistance is income of last resort. The first responsibility is for the parents to pay for the children's needs. That's what we want to happen in British Columbia."...
Gosh Mr. McRae.
That was some dog whistle.
Why not just come right out and call these Moms, some of whom receive a mere $945 a month, 'Welfare Queens'?
Or will that be the 'Ol Turdstormer's job come Monday in the house?
What's it all about Alfie?.....This.