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Taxpayers Federation Lobbies to Halt Prisoner Pensions

October 20, 2010 6:33 AM | News

By David Klassen

Corridor in Alcatraz prison, two people in background, San Francisco, California, USA

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation testified Tuesday in Ottawa over pension payments being made to prisoners.

Federal Director Kevin Gaudet appeared at the federal standing committee for Human Resources Development, where he tried to sway MPs to support Bill C-31. The bill would stop prisoners over 65, like Clifford Olson, from getting Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

“It’s outrageous that struggling taxpayers are being squeezed twice,” Gaudet said in a statement. “First, to house such criminals and then again by lining their pockets with these entitlements.”

Almost 50,000 signatures were gathered in six weeks when the CTF launched a petition in the spring to oppose inmates from continuing to receive pensions.

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