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Clifford Olson collects social security benefits

March 22, 2010
Clifford Olson collects social security benefits

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Only in Canada could someone serving 11 consecutive 25-year sentences for murder collect more than $1000 a month for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement. But so it is with senior citizen Clifford Olson.

"Every month, the most notorious child killer in the country gets $1,169.47 transferred to a trust account in his name," Tamara Cherry writes.

Though he will likely die in jail, where he has no living expenses and where the average annual taxpayer cost of keeping a maximum security male incarcerated was $121,294 in 2006-07 — the most recent statistics on Corrections Canada’s website — Clifford Robert Olson is a Canadian, over 65 — he turned 70 on New Year’s Day — and eligible for a pension.

As a federal inmate who has spent much of his time in segregation since he was admitted into federal custody Feb. 17, 1982, Olson likely has little income to claim, which explains why he was approved for not only the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), but the maximum monthly benefits for both — $516.96 and $652.51 respectively.

It is a reminder that, criminal as he may be, having killed at least 11 boys and girls, Olson still has his rights as a Canadian, whether you agree with it or not.

Kevin Gaudet does not.

“I think that OAS is very similar to a welfare program and I don’t think prisoners should be getting welfare under any name so no, he shouldn’t be getting this kind of cash,” said Gaudet, federal and Ontario director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “Cut him off.”

Journalist Peter Worthington adds more in the Toronto Sun,

These days he’s focused on money. He claims (and remember, “claims” are not necessarily facts), to have a bank balance of some $500,000 in Australia from the sale of his murder memorabilia. Items about him are on sale on an Internet site called murderauction.com....

I was incredulous that Canada was paying an old age pension and income supplement to Olson who is destined to someday die in prison.

Even Olson chortles: “What good is money to me? I got no use for it, if you get what I’m getting at. I guess I gotta make a will in case I get a heart attack or something. Don’t want these bastards getting my money.”

I phoned Corrections Canada and asked if old prisoners were entitled to old age pensions. At first no one knew. “Good question,” I was told.

Later I was rather testily told that “pensions are the same for federal offenders as for any other Canadian citizen. Canada has no provisions to make any exceptions ... funds received by inmates are put in trust fund until they are released.”

I think most Canadians would be outraged if they knew Olson, who has contributed nothing to this country, is getting over $1,100 a month for simply being alive in prison. (It costs upwards of $110,000 a year to keep an inmate in maximum security). In the U.S. some 35,000 prison inmates are 65 or older, with parole unlikely for many. In Canada it’s around 750, or perhaps 2.5% of the prison population. Health costs triple after age 60.

When looking at the payments he was getting that included cents, he commented, "Why do they throw the small change in?"

Of course many Canadians wonder why they throw the dollars in too. There's even more to this story and the cash paid out to Olson over the years:

He was arrested in August 1981 for the attempted abduction of two girls.

In custody, Olson offered police a controversial deal: he would tell police where to find the bodies of his victims in exchange for $10,000 for each body. Police agreed, and $100,000 was paid to his wife and infant child.

In prison he sent letters to some victims' families detailing his crimes in graphic deal.

If you think that's bad, Worthington also notes that the U.S. offered him amnesty if he would cooperate in apprehending someone who killed 50 prostitutes in Seattle. Olson refused. Thankfully one of the few principles he had at least kept him in jail. It's just too bad his pension dollars couldn't be seized to offset his incarceration costs instead.

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on March 22, 2010

I am incensed after reading the articles by Tamara Cherry and Peter Worthington (Sunday March 21, 2010).  What kind of society rewards a psycopath that murders at least 11 innocent children, pays him $100,000 for revealing the location of the bodies and then shelters, clothes, feeds and GIVES HIM A PENSION???????  The comment by victim advocate Joe Wamback regarding the pension issue states that "in the scheme of things, it's just so insignificant" is a perfect example of the bleeding hearts that have thrown common sense out the window. 

The cost to keep these convicted murderers and criminals incarcerated is staggering.  Why not propose (as is currently being done in the States) to have these criminals who can afford it pay for the cost of their incarceration.  Why should we foot the bill, pay them a pension and have them come out and live off our money? Gaudet also states that "we can't be selective when it comes to human rights".  Are you kidding me????? What about the rights of his 11 victims.  Maybe his pension could go to benefit the families of his victims.  Common decency would dictate that he has no human rights when he commits such horrific crimes against society.

My 82 year old mother is going to see an increase in her retirement home payment.  She has contributed for many years to this society and is struggling financially.  She too is contributing to Olsons (and the likes) upkeep. 

Where are our rights to say where our hard earned tax dollars are going? 

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on March 22, 2010

In my reply a few minutes ago, I must aplolgize for incorrectly stating that Kevin Gaudet is the victim advocate - it is, in fact, Joe Wamback.

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on March 24, 2010

Clifford Robert Olson should be euthanized!  Enough is enough!  We , the tax payers, have spent enough time and money on this killer!  Clifford Robert Olson should get no rights!  He is now 70.  It is time for him to go to sleep.  Why do we have to pay for his life.  Judy Kosma lived only 4 blocks from my house; he killed her!  All us kids in the neighbourhood felt like we were in prison when he was on the loose.  Time to end this matter for the sakes of the victims families and all the other children that had to be aware and lost their freedom then.

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on March 27, 2010

The dilemma here once again raises the matter of "means tests"....the meanest test of all.

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on April 01, 2010

So if we have to pay these people while incarserated,  then we should make them pay their own expenses in prison.  A person under that age does not get his paycheque, so why should old aged prisoners get anything.  Our tax dollars pay for their living expenses,  and better ones than you and I can afford ourselves.  Make them pay room and board along with the security costs, entertainment costs, and all the other amenities they receive.  Crazy.  Makes people do crime to get the benefits..........ee

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on April 02, 2010

Convisted criminals like Olsen et al don't need OAS and GIS... they already get three squares and a roof over their heads compliments of the Canadian taxpayers. And, as far as their CPP goes, I know they've paid for it, but it should go to the same place mine goes - basic living expenses (in other words basic survival needs).  In that case, their CPP should be totally transfereed to the corrections budget to help pay for their incarceration.

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on April 02, 2010

His pension (which I know he has paid for) should go to the same place mine does - basic survival expenses.  In his case, that means the corrections budget!!

As for GIS and OAS, since he already gets three aquares and a roof over his head, he doesn't need it, because the taxpayers already cover that.

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on April 05, 2010

What a joke!?  With all of the homeless people out there and all the people living in povetry, and Clifford Olsen gets a pension.  It's nice to know that all our hard work goes to taking care of the scum in prison.  Personally I think Clifford Olsen should be allowed into the general population in prison, then that bill would stop permanently, for taking care of Olsen.  I know how the children and victims died at his hands, all the torture they went through and if Canadian politicians had the balls to bring back the death penalty for murder cases beyond a reasonable doubt, Olsen would have been put to death back in the 1980's.  It's not my place to judge, that is for God, however, in my opinion thats what Olsen deserves. 

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on November 11, 2010

Perhaps all this pension money, that is given to this criminal, should be EVENLY given per year to the victims family's. Clifford Olson, should I agree one hundred percent, be put in general population and then see if he could survive for long. I completely disagree with the prison system, Why are we paying for these LONG time murders and convicts. When ALL our taxpaying money could be given to HELP the homeless and poverty stricken people..... If we are just gonna give OUR money away.... LET'S fix the problems OUTSIDE the prison systems first. PERHAPS avoid some other desperate people from entering them......

Why should this criminal receive MORE money then a struggling person ON Social Services in THIS country. Geez, Its pathetic AND I don't understand HOW our government can let all these happen....

The Prisoners ARE in JAIL FOR A REASON... Screw them and Don't give them extra money THEY Don't deserve.......

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on August 11, 2011
It's interesting to find out that a serial killer gets more from the gov than a single mom.

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on September 21, 2011
How did Clifford Olson pay for his pension? He has been incarcerated since 1982? How many years was he employed, prior to his incarceration? What has he contributed to our society, other than to cause the loss of loved ones and the continued harressment. Wake up!!!

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