Court gives sponsors chance to avoid paying for immigrants on assistance
First, look closely at the text below the picture...2205?? Yikes, things haven't changed much since 2009!
An Ontario court has ruled in favour of a group of residents who said they should not automatically be made to pay for relatives they sponsored to immigrate to Canada, despite having pledged to do so, in a decision that could have costly implications due to the number of such immigrants who seek social assistance.Hey judges, how about the sponsors OWE Canada and Ontario payment for sponsoring a do nothing relative who wants to live the good life in Canada, on the taxpayers back? How about some fairness to the CANADIAN taxpayer? You judges ever think about that?
The landmark ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal says the provincial government must consider the circumstances of immigrant sponsors and use "case-by-case discretion" when deciding whether to demand sponsors pay back the money their family members collect.
Appeal court Justices Janet Simmons, S.E. Lang and John Laskin wrote that Canada and Ontario "owe sponsors a duty of procedural fairness when enforcing sponsorship debt."
So, I sponsor someone, they come over, sit around on my couch, claim poverty and get welfare. I then go to the courts and also cry poverty, and the problem is solved. No one has to take responsibility for the new guy, except us taxpayers. We have to work hard and pay taxes so we can support those new immigrants. Does anyone see the problem here, or is it only me?
However, some legal observers said the ruling has pricey implications, since the Ontario government provides millions of dollars worth of social assistance every year to sponsored relatives, and a case-by-case analysis could carry a hefty administrative price tag.
So far this year, about 5,000 sponsored immigrants have applied for social assistance in Ontario, according to the Ministry of Community and Social Services, with a cost of about $56-million. About $45-million of that has been covered by the province and the rest by municipalities. A spokesperson said $13.7-million has been paid back. Ministry spokesperson Sandy Mangat said the government tries to come up with a voluntary repayment plan, and if all else fails goes to the Canada Revenue Agency to route tax credits to cover the debt.
What tax credits, they are on social assistance? Lawyers must love these judges, they give them a whole new avenue of money sucking from taxpayers. This is another gun registry in the making.
"The idea was to control abuse, because before this mechanism existed, there was a tendency for a small number of people to import family relations to Canada for the express purpose of taking undue advantage of our welfare system, chronic care homes, what have you," said Mr. Kurland. The sponsorship system made sponsors share the overall economic burden, which curtailed this kind of abuse.
He said the creation of a "case-by-case determination system" would create "humongous administrative overhead" and weigh down any collection system.
"It just begs the question, should we be having case-by-case determination for the relatively small number of cases like this? Or could we be a little smarter, and adopt the Quebec system where the sponsor gives a 100% guarantee to pay, with no excuses possible?" said Mr. Kurland.
Finally something I can agree with from Quebec, 100% guarantee to pay. These judges need to get their heads straight. I am so tired of bleeding heart lefties that are quick to spend my tax dollars. I am calling Vladimir right now to get him into the country, he will be thrilled to sponge off of Canadians with social assistance for the rest of his life. I have hundreds of relatives just like Vlad!