Health Cuts ‘Cruel and Unusual Treatment’

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This summer a federal judge ruled that millions of dollars in cuts to some refugee claimants’ health care amounted to “cruel and unusual treatment.” The cuts impact failed claimants as well as claimants from countries like Mexico and Israel that Canada’s government deems to be safe.

The court ruling also found no evidence that the cuts reduced refugee claims and costs, even though Ottawa claimed that the measure, which came into effect in 2012, would dissuade “bogus” refugee claimants from coming to Canada and save taxpayers $80 million over four years.

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