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‘It wasn’t meant to be divisive’


Conservative MP Kelly Block is receiving some criticism for a flyer she sent to constituents that was headlined, “Ending Unfair Benefits for Refugee Claimants.”

Block said she’s always eager to receive feedback, and will consider wording future mail-outs on the issue differently. “I really do appreciate hearing from constituents,” she said. She said the subject matter was her own initiative rather than the Conservative Party’s. She said it was an attempt to educate her constituents. “It is never my intention to offend … It wasn’t meant to be divisive,” Block said.

Block said the amount of tax dollars spent on refugee claimants’ health care needs was only two per cent of the total for all refugees, such as those sponsored by churches. She said she opposed granting services to refugee claimants, many of whom were eventually rejected. Block said she was simply stating the facts of the new government policy rather than giving her opinion.

An NDP MLA and the Star-Phoenix editorial board are unimpressed.

Previous coverage of this issue is compiled here and here.