Bill to end federal income support for incarcerated seniors passed by Canadian Senate

A bill that will cut off federal income support for incarcerated seniors was passed today (December 14) in the Canadian Senate.

The Harper government introduced the legislation in June after news that serial killer Clifford Olson was receiving more that $1,100 a month in federal benefits while imprisoned for the murder of 11 children in B.C. in the early 1980s.

Human Resources Minister Diane Finley, who denounced the federal payments to imprisoned seniors as “offensive and outrageous”, said in a news release today that, “It is wrong that convicted killers like Clifford Olson were receiving taxpayers’ entitlements such as Old Age Security.”

Olson has threatened to sue the government if the bill passes.

The new law will prevent 400 senior citizens serving sentences of two years or more in federal penitentiaries from receiving monthly Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement cheques.

The government is also negotiating with the provinces to cut off benefits for inmates serving less than two years in provincial jails.

Finley has estimated an annual savings of $2 million by ending benefits for federal prisoners and up to $10 million once provincial prisoners are included.

The government doesn’t expect much resistance from the provinces, as most already deny provincial benefits to jailed seniors.

Upon their release, prisoners would be allowed to apply for benefits.



Wayne Snyder

Dec 14, 2010 at 2:16pm

What about the prisoner's innocent families? Should they live in privation when their family member is in prison?

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Dec 14, 2010 at 3:39pm

How nice to find out that prisoners have benifits besides free room and board, private cell, TV, computer, drugs, voter rights, and while we were at it what about conjugal visits.
No wonder criminals want to come to Canada. This is crimes paradise. And we are building more jails because we have a growing population holding on to a revolving door.
How about we hang the repeat ofenders and make more room that way. I can see the lawyers objecting when we shorten their clientele list.
I would like someone to answer how taking the life of one teen and almost killing a park warden gets sentenced two years. Bring back the death penalty. Use it.

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Dec 14, 2010 at 6:29pm

They finally started to serve espresso in the senate cafeteria
now how about 10 years for possesion of a smuggled/unreg'ed/concealedWEAPON/HA patch etc.

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