Is a parent's moral obligation not discharged by virtue of the fact that the government will look after the dependant person?

Alberta, Canada

The following excerpt is from Stone v. Stone Estate, 1994 CanLII 8979 (AB QB):

There are cases which have found that government assistance to a disabled person does not relieve a parent from his or her moral duty to a disabled child. Penty v. Mott (1984), 16 E.T.R. 175 (B.C.S.C.), summarizes and applies cases from British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan where courts had found that the moral duty is not discharged by virtue of the fact that the government will look after the dependant person. This view is more in accord with the moral underpinnings of the Alberta Act. There is nothing in any government subsidy programme which removes the moral obligation that a parent has for a dependant child.

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