I am a 79-year-old Canadian citizen of Irish and English extraction, born and raised in Canada.
I started working when I was 13 years old to help support my family and put food on the table when times were tough and we often were hungry.
I worked hard my whole life and raised a family of my own, worked like a dog for everything I have, and never once asked for a handout from the government or expected to get one.
I’ve paid my taxes to support the government without complaint, and was always grateful and proud of the fact that I was born in this great country that provides us with endless opportunities in life.
I beat poverty! I worked hard to earn a living with no free ride from the government or anybody else!
I finally was able to retire at 70 years old, five years past when I could have. I now collect roughly $17,000 a year in Old Age and Canada Pension benefits after having contributed to them most of my life.
I find it rather interesting and insulting to have read in a local publication last week a quote from one local aboriginal leader stating that the average yearly allotment/entitlement per status native from the Government of Canada is between $20,000-$23,000 per year just for simply being here and because they happen to be born a different race!
It appears that my “status” as a non-aboriginal Canadian is not considered to be worth as much as theirs is.
Now you tell me? How is that fair and who’s being discriminated against?
Fort Frances, Ont.