Stephen Hume: Province claws back wife’s death benefits from ‘Daddy Bent-Legs’

Vancouver Sun | July 19, 2017, Written by Stephen Hume

The provincial government has clawed back almost $20,000 in death benefits that came to Neil Matheson from the Canada Pension Plan into which his late wife paid for 17 years, writes the single dad, who gets disability payments because he has cerebral palsy.

His wife, Elana, was also disabled, Matheson says. She suffered from a congenital disorder that forced her to use a motorized wheelchair but nevertheless persevered through university and worked as a teacher in Langley, paying for the benefits she left him when she died. 

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Neil and Elana Mathson with their son Jake. The provincial government has clawed back almost $20,000 in death benefits that came to Matheson from the Canada Pension Plan into which his late wife paid for 17 years, writes the single dad, who gets disability payments because he has cerebral palsy. [PNG Merlin Archive]

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