An elderly couple that has called Canada home for years is now under orders to leave the country, so they won't be a burden to the health-care system.
Michael and Janet Hollingsworth decided to move to Canada from Britain, after visiting their daughter in Saskatchewan in 2006 and 2007.
In 2012, they settled in Havelock, N.B., where they quickly grew to love their new community.
But now they may have to leave.
About a year-and-a-half ago, Michael's kidneys failed, and when they re-applied for a new visitor's visa, they were denied.
"(On) Christmas Eve, we received it in the mail stating that because of his health and everything else they wouldn't grant us a visitor's visa and we were to leave Canada immediately," Janet said.If the government pays, this sort of thing is probably inevitable. Way to go, "compassionate" Canada!
Bootnote: I only snark at Canada because so many people up there like to tell us how backwards and uncompassionate we are because we don't (yet) have national health care. Sure, our system has problems (as they so often point out). But if "Government is the things we choose to do together" then all y'all are choosing to throw an old, sick man out of your country because he's old and sick. Not nice. There's quite a difference between a sin of omission and a sin of commission.