Trying to get ahead tough for disabled man

No incentive to get out and work for people on disability

Re: The aggression of welfare (News, June 19)

I really wish I could say I was surprised by the actions of the ministry staff, but I can’t.

In the spring of 2010, after I lost a job, a staff member at the ministry told me I should apply for EI, and that it would not be deducted from my disability cheque. About a month later, I found out that wasn’t the case. I found out that all of my EI amount was going to be deducted dollar-for-dollar from my disability cheque.

That’s about $5,000 between the summer of 2010 and the winter of 2011. I’ll never see it again. Since then, I have held down a couple more jobs, but thankfully, not long enough to be eligible for EI.

They’re not going to get me again.

Richard David Lebrun


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