Back in 2012, when the Harper Conservatives slashed the healthcare coverage previously provided to foreign nationals seeking asylum in Canada, Saskatchewan’s then-Premier reacted vigorously.
Brad Wall said the federal policy change was not the “Canadian” thing to do. And his provincial government picked up the tab.
Speaking of those seeking asylum in Canada, he said: “It’s very much part of Canadian values and Saskatchewan values to want to make sure that these people, who are obviously very vulnerable … that we help them.”
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Mr. Wall has since retired, and the government’s of Saskatchewan and Ontario have changed. But those basic Saskatchewan and Canadian values have not.