Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A child tax benefit paid to whoever ...

A BC parent, desperate to find out what had happened to her runaway daughter, was presented a bill by our ever-sensitive Canada Revenue Agency. Seems the mother of the guy the daughter shacked up with applied for the child tax benefit, and was given it. The parent was told to pay back the amount she had received and wasn't told where her daughter was!

Last time we checked, it was the parent who had the legal responsibility for the child. So why does the CRA give a child tax credit to just anybody? This situation is another example of the government getting involved in the parent and child relationship with the potential for very destructive results. The good intentions of the usual do-gooders, could easily be taken advantage of by those with bad intentions.

The welfare state is out of control.

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