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The disability benefit bill is at a loss as Congress rests for the summer

Shelley Petit said the financial situation currently facing Canadians with disabilities is "terrifying."

"People who eat one piece of bread a day know that they can afford it," saidNew Brunswick Coalition of Persons with Disabilities. Chair Petit said. She also said she lives with a disability.

It's scary because she has to make a decision every month about "Can I eat this month?" Can I pay a basic invoice? Can I go see her mother? "She said. "My mother is old and sick. It's hard to see her. She lives 45 minutes away."

Promised behavior since 2020 Despite recent plea from organizations across the country, the Federal Free Government did not call their disability benefit law for discussion before the Commons home collapsed in the summer.

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Bill to create a monthly benefit check for working-age Canadians According to Petit, disability will be a game changer, adding about $ 500 a month to the profits received from the New Brunswick government. It is said that it is adding a fee.

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"It's food, medicine, get socks that aren't full of holes, or get new underwear You can buy it, "she said, and the influx of money could also help people pay for treatment that can provide relief but is not covered by government medical plans. I add.

"I live in Canada and have a master's degree in education. But I can't work anymore because of my disability. My life should be better than this. "Petit said.

"I'm angry because they have disabilities and no one needs to live this way."

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Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough resubmitted the bill in early June, but who qualifies, they How much will you get or when will the money start to flow?

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Last week, more than 75 groups of Canadians with disabilities read the government a second time. I called. The house rises for the summer vacation.

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Petit said the bill should have already been passed.

"It should have been a deal done."

Green Party MP Mike Morris called for a slow government job to introduce profits to the House on Wednesday. ..

"Twenty days have passed and we haven't discussed it yet. Since then, nine other bills have been prioritized," Morrice said.

"Canadians with disabilities continue to live in disproportionate poverty all over the country. They want to see emergency assistance. They want to see action.

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Canada's disability benefits are modeled on the guaranteed income supplement first promised by the Liberal Party in September 2020. ..

The bill, introduced almost a year ago, died without passing when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for an election last summer.

The new bill is the same as the original bill and, in principle, produces profits, but leaves almost all the details about how profits work against regulations that have not yet been completed. increase.

When the bill was resubmitted, Qualtrough said talks were underway, even though it took several months for the government to bring the same bill back to the table for discussion. , Did not promise a timeline to complete the regulation.

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The rules outline who is eligible, how much they are paid, how often and how they are paid, and the appeal process. .. If the application is rejected.

There is also great concern that profits can adversely affect state programs and bring clawback to other programs, but this is not intended.

Petit states her greatest fear is that discussions on the bill and advancing the process will continue until Congress resumes in September. Law.

Qualtrough spokesperson Jane Deeks said in a statement Friday that the government will work closely with the disabled community to design benefits, alongside the legislative process for creating Canadian disability benefits. In other words, "it's going well."

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The federal government benefits from the support of existing states and territories. We need to continue to work with states and territories to ensure that our interests are complemented. Anyone who receives it is fine, "Dikes said.

"We will continue to work hard in both the Commons home and the disabled community across Canada to ensure that it becomes a reality."

NDP MP Bonita Zarrillo, a party critic on the inclusion of disabilities, said on Friday: They were promised by this government.

Zarrillo has been waiting for the second year in a row, and Liberal has been waiting until just before submitting a bill on this benefit, so MP discusses and improves the support offered to Canadians. I didn't have a chance to do it. ..

"People with disabilities have been given false hopes and are now suffering from rising costs of essentials," she says, and Liberal is people with disabilities. Reminds them of. It is not a government priority.

This report by Canadian Press was first published on June 24, 2022.

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