Thursday's letters: Parental leave changes unfair  – Alberta News

Thursday's letters: Parental leave changes unfair  – Alberta News


Changes in maternity benefits are discriminating against the poor.

Poor people will be receiving less benefit when they choose to receive it over an 18-month period (33 per cent of the income) versus 12 months (55 per cent of the income).

If a person making $100 a week chose to receive benefits over 18 months they will receive a total benefit of $2,574, where if the same person chose to receive benefits over 12 months the person will receive a total benefit of $2,860.

If the person was a high-income earner and they reached the maximum benefit limit, they will receive a total benefit of $28,236 regardless of whether they chose to receive benefits over 12 months or 18 months.  

This is misleading to consumers. If some poor person is not is not good with calculations, they may fall in this trap and unknowingly end up receiving less money.

Varinder Bhullar, Edmonton

Alberta bankrolls other provinces

Re. “O’Leary mistaken on equalization,” Letters, March 28

Allan Hayman is demonstrably wrong to claim, “There is no way that Alberta has supported the other provinces of Canada for the last 35 years.”

Federal taxes collected from Albertans are transferred disproportionately to non-Albertans by the federal government. The tables available at the federal department of finance’s website show Albertans receive much less from the federal government per person than do other Canadians, primarily because Alberta (along with Saskatchewan and B.C.) receives no equalization payments.

Albertans pay the same federal tax as other Canadians but receive back much fewer federal payments, which means that Alberta — through its citizens, not its government — has financially supported the…



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