Genevieve Skelton has landed herself in a mat leave payment nightmare after leaving Quebec two days too early.
Skelton began receiving maternity benefits from Quebec (their system is separate from the federal government’s program) in October 2014. She opted to leave the province two days before the first payment, moving to Saskatoon to be closer to the father of her child.
Last month, Quebec informed her that they were recalling her benefits due to “misrepresentation”. They want their $41,466 back.
In an attempt to fix the problem, Skelton filed a backdated claim for federal maternity benefits, and intended to hand all of that cash back to Quebec to cover off the $41,000 bill. Since this approach would still leave her $13,000 in the red, the embattled mother offered to pay the remaining amount.
Unfortunately, the federal government rejected this plan, as eligibility was negated once she signed on to Quebec’s program back in 2014!
Skelton denies that she was trying to scam the system.
Do you feel any sympathy for Genevieve? Should the rules be ignored just this once to help out a Canadian who didn’t play by the rules?