April 25, 2010

CANADA: Pension payments for criminals may end

. TORONTO, Ontario / The Toronto Sun / News / April 25, 2010 By Peter Zimonjic, Parliamentary Bureau OTTAWA — Canadians should expect an announcement “soon” that will put an end to pension and benefit payments for convicted criminals serving time. Human Resources Minister Diane Finley made the promise as she prepares to accept a petition with 45,000 signatures from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation calling for an end to the practice. The petition, to be delivered Monday, was sparked by a QMI story that revealed notorious child-killer Clifford Olson was receiving $1,200 a month in Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security payments while still in jail. “Canadians ... do agree that something needs to be done to end this ridiculous practice,” said Finley. “As soon as I became aware of this I took immediate action and I will be making an announcement very soon.” Kevin Gaudet, the national director of the CTF, says prisoners over 65 are costing the federal government about $7 million a year in CPP and OAS payments and the problem is getting more expensive as the prison population ages. “Old Age Security and Canada Pension Plan programs are meant to help seniors make ends meet not line the pockets of prisoners and so it should stop,” said Gaudet. [rc] By Peter Zimonjic E-Mail: peter.zimonjic@sunmedia.ca Copyright © 2010 The Toronto Sun