Canada drags heels on pension help

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Editor: My best friend is a long-time P.E.I. native who moved to California for her husband's job. She worked full time for 18 years as an RN in Canada, then six years in the States.

Deborah Burke (whose family operates MacAulay’s Cottages on P.E.I.’s north shore) developed MS and other complications and has difficulty walking and with all life skills. She filed for disability in the States and was awarded within three months immediately as her condition is so severe. But most of her work was in Canada and under a treaty with the two countries, she is also eligible for a disability cheque from Canada, for her 18 years of labour there.

I helped her file starting two years ago. We were given such a runaround from the get-go. We filed all the paperwork, then were told we needed more files and paperwork. It has been two years now and no money is coming to her. She was a very hard-working RN and this is not a case of malingering, in fact, the opposite, she would love to be well, to walk, and to work a job that she loved.

I am only a friend and not a professional, but I am amazed at the difference between U.S.A. disability response and CPP Canadian response. How can a person so unwell be ignored and left out to dry? There is something very wrong with the CPP system as they claim to have lost every piece of this and every piece of that. So we resend!

Where can we get some kind of answer about this? She has 18 years of hard work as a registered nurse, and is getting nothing from CPP. The difference in response between the U.S.A. system of disability and the Canadian system of disability is amazingly sad.

We never hear back from them and we have no idea what is going on and why it has taken over two years.

Mary Gomez Holford,

San Jose, CA.

Organizations: U.S.A., San Jose, CA.

Geographic location: California, Canada, P.E.I.

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