Today, April 27, 2015, CBS NEWS reporter, Kathy Tomlinson from ‘Go Public’ reports: “Woman with cerebral palsy loses Quebec’s help because mom saved for her future.”
A Quebec woman, Sarah Davidson, suffering from cerebral palsy had her $900 a month in provincial assistance taken away, all because her elderly mom set up a modest trust fund to pay for her future care.
“Even though I am an adult, it feels like I am being treated as a child,” says Sarah Davidson, 38, who speaks slowly but with conviction. Provincial officials cut her off more than a year ago and have denied her appeal.”
Reporter, Kathy Tomlinson, an investigative reporter for more than a decade, has helped countless people across Canada with her ‘Go Public’ stories.
Advocates for the disabled told ‘Go Public’ others have gone through similar ordeals — despite court rulings and government policies upholding their rights because of a system designed to push people off government assistance.
As a result of Go Public’s inquiries, the Quebec Liberal Labour Minister, Sam Hamad, who is responsible for Sarah Davidson’s file, says the province may now make exceptions for Sarah Davidson and others like her.
Her family is prepared to take the province to court – their lawyer is waiting for a trial date, which could take up to another year to two years.
The Montreal Gazette reported today: “We did not vote for the destruction of health care – We did not elect Philippe Couillard to destroy health care. There were proposals to right the sinking ship and curb the enthusiasm to spend beyond our means, but no one voted for the Liberals to destroy health care. How is it possible that the premier continues to say nothing while the inferno around Health Minister Gaétan Barrette grows.”
To complicate the tensions, the recent announcement of pay raises to some hospital executives defies logic. Does the Philippe Couillard administration believes the population will forget about these things by the time we head to the polls again in three years?
Canada’s Conservative government in Ottawa, administered by Stephen Harper, “ignores Quebec’s call for health care payments, finance minister says” in a report from CBS News on April 21, 2015. “Parti Québécois finance critic Nicolas Marceau accused the Couillard government of not asking Ottawa for anything for Quebecers.’
Published on April 3, 2015 on YouTube, angry Quebec citizens took to the streets to protest: “Quebec Cuts Education, Healthcare Spending to Balance Budget” – cutting spending on education, health care and other social services.
The Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms may be an avenue of redress that may be more expedient and at no cost for disabled persons seeking to have their health care rights protected.
The Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms is unique among Canadian (and North American) human rights documents in that it covers not only the fundamental (civil and political) human rights, but also a number of important social and economic rights.
CHAPTER IV – ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RIGHTS: 45. Every person in need has a right, for himself and his family, to measures of financial assistance and to social measures provided for by law, susceptible of ensuring such person an acceptable standard of living. – 1975, c. 6, s. 45.
48. Every aged person and every handicapped person has a right to protection against any form of exploitation. Such a person also has a right to the protection and security that must be provided to him by his family or the persons acting in their stead. – 1975, c. 6, s. 48; 1978, c. 7, s. 113.