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Feds' refusal to pay refugee's chemo 'unbelievable'

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REGINA -- Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is criticizing a federal decision to deny chemotherapy to a refugee as "unbelievable" and un-Canadian.

Wall says he doesn't understand the rationale behind the move.

"It's unbelievable that some of the decisions that have been taken federally are having this impact on people who are clearly the most vulnerable, refugees who are obviously fleeing something quite terrible -- that's why they're refugees," Wall said Thursday.

"On the face of it, you just consider the case of this particular gentleman or others who, for example, as it was pointed out... might need prenatal care, this is just common sense. You just do this.

"This is the kind of country we are. You cover it."

The man arrived in Saskatoon several months ago after fleeing a Middle Eastern country where he was persecuted for being Christian. Soon after arriving, he started having abdominal pain and was diagnosed with cancer.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 23, 2012 A21

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