Feds ask vic­tims for sig­na­ture from abusers

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

The op­po­si­tion NDP say women flee­ing do­mes­tic abuse are be­ing asked to get their abuser to sign a form so they can re­ceive the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment’s child ben­e­fit. The NDP says con­stituents have been com­ing to its of­fices with let­ters from the Canada Rev­enue Agency ask­ing them to ver­ify that they are el­i­gi­ble for the monthly al­lowance. The agency has mul­ti­ple ways to de­ter­mine which par­ent should re­ceive the ben­e­fit, but one New Demo­crat from B.C. says his of­fice was told the agency needed the sig­na­ture of one of his con­stituents. Wayne Stet­ski says the re­quire­ment puts the victim in dan­ger and needs to be cor­rected. The gov­ern­ment is promis­ing to look into the is­sue as quickly as pos­si­ble.

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