Veterans deserve federal compliance with courts
Random-Burin-St. George’s MP Judy Foote called it “unacceptable” there are veterans still being treated unfairly three months after the federal court ruled the government had been illegally clawing back veterans’ benefits.
Mrs. Foote insisted “It is time for the Harper government to comply with the federal court’s ruling and finally give all affect- ed veterans what they are owed. While it is positive most veterans whose long term disability benefits were illegally clawed back are now receiving their full benefits, it is inexcusable there are still veterans whose benefit cheques do not reflect the court’s ruling.”
She said the veterans’ advocates reported many veterans who endured the most severe injuries while protecting our country, and who are entitled to receive the maximum benefit, are not receiving their full compensation.
The MP noted “Defence Minister Peter MacKay argues these veterans are in a ‘different category’ and that it will take longer to resolve their cases. Contrary to the position taken by the Minister of Defence, all of the affected veterans, including those who were most severely injured in the line of duty, have waited long enough and deserve to have the federal court’s decision implemented immediately and completely.”
Mrs. Foote indicated there are over 700 men and women in her own riding currently serving in the Canadian Forces, as well as hundreds who have previously served.