Defence to reconsider danger pay rules
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.”