Parliament Hill is seen behind the Eternal Flame in Ottawa.(QMI Agency files)
OTTAWA - The Conservative government has barely noticed the "59 Cents Campaign" to oppose changes to refugee claimants' taxpayer funded health-care coverage.
Students taking a political activism course at the Canadian School of Peacebuilding in Winnipeg launched the campaign in mid-June, encouraging people to send the prime minister a protest letter and 59 cents - the estimated cost per Canadian to cover prescription drugs, eye care, and dental care for asylum seekers that was cut off last month.
However, a source within the Conservative government tells QMI Agency the feds have seen only about 500 letters and little spare change.
"The government has received a total of about $350 from this campaign," said the source. "This money will be put to pay down the debt, the burden of which is carried by all Canadians."
That comes despite NDP MP Paul Dewar's endorsement of the "great" 59 Cents Campaign via Twitter, while his colleague Jinny Sims pointed her followers to an online video promoting it.
Liberal Senator Mobina Jaffer even wrote a blog supporting the campaign, while her party affirmed Tuesday it would continue to oppose the changes.
Refugee claimants not sponsored by the feds get only basic health coverage now, moving to full provincial coverage if their claim is accepted.