CBC News - North - Iqaluit retiree not on hook for boarding home bill
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Retired Anglican minister Michael Gardener 'will not pay a penny' to the Nunavut government after he was billed $17,000 for staying at an Ottawa medical boarding home, said Health Minister Tagak Curley.
Curley responded to public outrage sparked when the 79-year-old, who is from Iqaluit, was told he could no longer stay at the Larga Baffin, a boarding home for eastern Nunavut medical patients who have to travel to Ottawa for treatment, because he was not an Inuit land-claims beneficiary.
"He will not pay a penny, zero per cent," Curley said Thursday.
"The fact is that the balance will have to be covered by someone else. Mr. Gardener will not have to pay a penny."