The fight for compensation over the decades-old tainted blood scandal has taken another turn for the worse for Canadians who contracted hepatitis C.
Back in June, the fight was over a $250 million surplus in one victims’ compensation fund and a $65 million hole in another, but now there’s a $220 million dollar shortfall for what’s known as the pre 86-post 90 fund.
That’s according to a new report by the federal government, and Lawyer David Klein says the courts don’t have the power to order the funds to be topped up.
“That’s a political decision, that’s up to the Minister of health and the Prime Minister to okay a top-up to the fund.”
Three-hundred Canadians have yet to be compensated with around 100 of those living in B.C.