For years now Canadian Prime Ministers have been criss-crossing the country, handing out millions and apologizing for our misdeeds as a nation. Most recently Prime Minister Trudeau has apologized to the students of Newfoundland and Labrador Residential Schools and to the LGBTQ community. Makes you wonder, "Where was I when these abuses took place?" Take the "60's Scoop" ripping indigenous children from their families for adoption. I was already reading news on radio. There seemed to be a constant supply of these children. I never thought of how they came to be wards of the government.
You don't suppose there is anything going on at present that a prime minister will be apologizing for in 2030 or sooner? It wouldn't surprise me. One of the most insensitive things we've been doing is deporting immigrant families when a mother, father or child is determined to have a pre-existing illness that is deemed a drain on our health care system. In some cases these families face persecution in their homeland. It's about as inhumane a policy as any country could have, let alone Canada. Turns out it contravenes United Nations rules on the rights of the disabled, and yet we have turned a blind eye to the suffering if causes.
The threshold for these decisions is arbitrary...any amount above the average annual cost of a person's health and social services...$6,655 a year...is deemed "excessive." Totally overlooked is what a person can contribute to society irrespective of a disability. In effect, the Canadian government stereotypes immigrants with disabilities at the same time it is supposedly fighting the stereotyping of anyone with a disability. Cheaper to change the policy now and also much more enlightened.