Excerpt from the Official Report of


March 15, 2016

Income assistance policy on worker compensation death benefits

S. Simpson: My question is to the same minister, and it’s in regard to the policy related to this, not so much to the specifics of this case. The minister will know that the Premier and the Labour Minister repeatedly talked about protecting workers and reducing workplace deaths. But when a tragedy occurs, this government’s policy today says that you claw back the death benefit. WorkSafe provides that death benefit as part of its mandate. Current policy says this government claws it back.

Will the minister tell us whether she’s talking about trying to address an issue specifically for this family, or is she talking about changing the policy so death benefits can be received without being clawed back by anybody who faces that tragic situation?


S. Simpson: The minister hasn’t provided much clarity in this answer. The minister is saying: “I’ve asked my staff to look at this.”

The question I have for the minister is: can she tell us whether it’s her view that the policy is incorrect, is wrong, as it’s being applied today, that it should not be the policy, that in fact families who get put in that tragic situation should be able to collect those benefits? What is the minister’s view on that? When can we expect to have some resolution to this from this minister and some clarity for Brennan, for his mother and for other families that get put in this horrible situation?

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