‘Positively Orwellian’: Manitoba accused of retroactively erasing history of taking cash from kids in care – APTN News

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April 9, 2020

Legislation buried in Manitoba’s budget bill aims to cuts the legs out from under lawsuits over its collection of “baby bonus” cash for kids in care, and is “positively Orwellian” says a lawyer who specializes in Indigenous rights law.

Corey Shefman, who practices in Manitoba and Ontario, said legislation in the budget tabled Mar. 19, that retroactively changes the law is a slippery slope and offers this analogy.

“Say you’re driving were driving down a street doing 40 kilometres an hour and two weeks later the government changes the speed limit on that street to 20 kilometers and hour, then sends you a ticket for doing 40. That’s what this (bill) is,” Shefman said.

“In 2020 they’re retroactively trying to change the reality of something that started in 2010.”

In 2010 the then-NDP government in Manitoba forced all child and family services (CFS) agencies to give them a 20 per cent cut of the monthly child benefit money they receive from the federal government as the guardians of children who are in care.

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