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Duly Quoted: Paul Ainslie

“I’ve been hearing people gripe for years—’People get a welfare cheque, and the first thing they do is go to the liquor store, the beer store.’ Well, usually when I get my paycheque, one of the first things I do is go to the liquor store or beer store.”
—Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43, Scarborough East), responding to the idea that, when the City begins issuing debit cards instead of cheques to Ontario Works recipients, restrictions could be added to prevent those recipients from spending the money at places like at casinos, liquor stores, and tattoo parlours, as has been attempted in some U.S. jurisdictions. Ainslie added: “You should have some enjoyment in life. I think it’s a little draconian to start saying, ‘You’re on welfare, and this is exactly how you’re going to spend the money we give you.’”

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