Defence to re­con­sider dan­ger pay rules

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - National -

OTTAWA (CNS) — Un­der pres­sure from re­ports of wounded Cana­dian sol­diers who stopped re­ceiv­ing dan­ger pay, Defence Min­is­ter Gor­don O’Con­nor said Fri­day he is look­ing at ways to en­sure in­jured sol­diers don’t suf­fer a drop in in­come when they re­turn home.

O’Con­nor said mil­i­tary and defence-de­part­ment staff are “mov­ing quickly” to find a so­lu­tion.

The Ottawa Cit­i­zen re­ported this week that, un­der De­part­ment of Na­tional Defence pol­icy, even in­jured sol­diers lose their “high-risk al­lowance” when they leave a war zone such as Afghanistan.

Other news or­ga­ni­za­tions then fol­lowed with por­traits of sol­diers who face a pay cut on top of a months of re­cov­ery.

The rev­e­la­tions prompted sharp crit­i­cism from op­po­si­tion MPs, who blasted the gov­ern­ment for its lack of com­pas­sion.

Lib­eral MP Dan McTeague has been one of the most vo­cal crit­ics, call­ing the pol­icy a “very shabby way to treat our sol­diers.”

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