Braid: Kenney can’t pay down debt on backs of the disabled

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Here’s the reality of applicants winning out if they’re “persistent.”

Severely disabled people and their relatives MUST be persistent if they’re to have the slightest chance of getting AISH benefits.

I’ve heard many stories of people applying over several years, only to be told they haven’t supplied this bit of information or complied with that meaningless demand. They often have to start all over again.

This is bureaucracy making jobs for itself. The UCP should tackle that problem before it even thinks about changing eligibility.

The NDP brought in serious reforms based on the 2016 report, but to this day the system is no model of efficiency or humanity.

Many people have shared moving personal stories in the past few days. I’ll tell just one.

The mother is 91 years old. She has been widowed for 35 years.

Every day, she visits her 57-year-old adoptive daughter, who was a fetal alcohol child and has suffered a stroke.

The mother does this with unswerving love and loyalty.

She also pays much of the cost. But the loss of AISH, or even a reduction, would be devastating.

There are 70,000 such stories out there of people who were born unlucky or became disabled because of accident or illness.

There is suffering and penury, but also pride, because AISH allows so many of them to live with dignity.

Premier Kenney, do not do this.

Don Braid’s column appears regularly in the Herald

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