Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Politicians exempt from clawbacks, no movement on
Veteran/ RCMP Super Annuity issue
John LaBelle, VACC
a number of years veterans have attempted to convince members of
Parliament to take action, in the House of Commons, to terminate the
unconstitutional CPP claw back to their earned Super Annuity at age
65, or sooner, if disabled.
The government has
in fact broken our enrolment engagement contract without
consultation or authorization. This situation is now affecting the
welfare of Military/ RCMP veterans and their families.
and Members of Parliament exempted the CPP claw back and
are not? Did they forget about the
Trust obligation to veterans?
Veterans find misleading statements of facts made by former military
and other members
of Parliament to be appalling. Veterans seek no additional funds
from the tax payers.
How can politicians who may work in Ottawa 138 days this year,
possess a minimum office staff of 4, find themselves too busy to
answer Veterans of Canada's concerns?
If you take a close look at all pension plans you will notice that
they all favour over contributions by the members. The Canadian
Forces Superannuation plan reached over 80 billion dollars surplus
before the Government depleted almost 20 billion dollars to pay down
the National debt. The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) over contributions
will reach $1
surplus by year 2050. How many billion of dollars have been depleted
from the unemployment insurance plan?
Veterans march on MP
Chuck Strahl's office in 2014.
Often we are bombarded by new election calls or requests for more
donations to assist with their election campaign. These same
that now request funds but can't find time to support our pension
issue. Have they forgotten that for every dollar we get that 60% of
it is given back to the government
in one form of tax or another. Members of Parliament have forgotten
who votes for them.
On February 21, 2005, encouraged by a number of
and the support of Mr. Peter Stoffer, former MP of Sackville-Eastern
Shore our committee has attempted to convince the
to amend the CFSA Act and the RCMPSA Act of a miscalculation in
justice that affects the financial welfare of Veterans during their
In the 2005 Federal election campaign , Mr. Harper, MP stated: "
When a motion passes the democratic elected majority of the House of
Commons, The government
that motion! " On May 5, 2010, for the fourth time, Conservative
MP`s were directed to vote against our Bills. However,
Bill C-201 count was
successful and the final vote recorded was 149 yeas and 134 nays.
The speaker of the House of Commons declared that Bill C-201 was
carried, but he then discharged it from the agenda because Prime
Minister Harper refused to request a Royal
and Bill C-201 died on the order table.
The Crux of the
The Government of Canada has broken our enrolment engagement
contract without member consultation or authorization. During our
enrolment briefing we were promised that we would benefit of a full
pension calculated at 2% of our best 6 years for a period of 25
years of service. Today,
the maximum contributions to both plans continue to be listed
separately on our pay guide, given them a false sense of
Furthermore, the vast majority of serving personnel were not
informed of the CPP claw back until they arrived at age 65.
the CPP contributions were 1.8% of basic rate of pay. Today`s
members contributions are 4.95% of their basic rate of pay. This
policy will create
a CPP surplus that will
by year 2050. Take note that our contributions to both plans
continue to be listed separately on our pay guide.
the Canadian Forces member's pension contributions was 8.3% and 1%
towards our indexing revenues of our basic rate of pay. This excess
pension contributions resulted in over
billion surplus account.
Veterans are aware that the Government of Canada has depleted their
CF Superannuation account by almost 20 billion dollars, 10 billion
dollars was used to pay down the National debt.
Take notice that during the 6 and 5 price and wage control years,
the Government of Canada took a contributions holiday to our service
pension account and never paid it back.
Yet, as of 31 March 2013, the net assets held on behalf of the
Canadian Forces Pension Plan
indicated that the Veterans Annuity plan totaled more than
billion. It clearly indicate that Veterans have over contributed and
are not receiving what they have paid for.
misleading of facts
The phrase "Bridge Benefits " is a misrepresentation of facts! It is
not listed in the Pension Act and/or the Base Financial Counsellor`s
manual (A-FN-109-001/ID-001) The bridge benefit term is a myth that
was never used prior to the establishment of our
Veterans are receiving the benefits
they have paid for with misleading
statements without foundation.
Over the years,
a number of Conservative MP's have mislead
with regards to the amount of funds required to solve the CPP claw
back issue. They stated that $7,
billion would be required to resolve our issue, when it only cost
2.3 billion dollars to pay all pensioners, including widows and
Veterans sing the
National Anthem outside Chuck Strahl's Office on Vedder Rd.
This worthwhile initiative continues
to grow! Over 112,500 military,
have pronounced their support of the issue. To date,
121 former Colonels
and Generals have signed our veterans
petition. It included the signature of 54 former officers of the
rank of General and or former RCMP Superintendents.
Dominion Command of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Army, Navy and
Air Forces Veterans (ANAVETS) of Canada and the AIR Force
Association in Canada have adopted
resolution at their
Annual General meetings in 2006 in full support of our campaign.
Support has also been received from Mrs. Lilian Morgenthau, founder
and President of CARP (Canada's Association for the 50 plus.) RCMP
Deputy Commissioner Larry R. Proke, Mr. Bill Gildley, Executive
Director, RCMP Veterans and Mr. Alex Geddes National Secretary,
RCMP/Veterans Association have unanimously supported our issue.
Numerous other Military Associations
have also declared their support.
On May 6, 2008 Mr. Jack Frost, Dominion Command President of the
Royal Canadian Legion, sent a letter to the Minister of National
Defence with copies to the Prime
of Canada and the Minister of Veterans Affairs expressing his grave
concerns regarding the issue of fairness pertaining to the CPP
reduction to the CFSA.
In 2011, the Yukon and the Nova Scotia Provincial standing
committees on Veterans Affairs,
unanimously passed motions in support of the Military/RCMP Veterans
Over the years elected politicians
that were suppose to stand up and support the
in their constituency forgot about them once elected. Unfortunately,
we have witnessed puppet politicians
who were directed to support the dictatorship of their
will we be able to elect Members of Parliament that will be able to
stand up and assist our veterans
Military/RCMP Veterans and their Families have given their all
towards the Protection and Security of Canada. Their
have faced the loss of their income/employment opportunities as a
result of numerous operational moves, leading to the loss of their
Spousal CPP benefits.
often face extended family separations with elevated level of stress
while maintaining a family on their own. The
often unavailable to celebrate
and many other family
gatherings. Veterans often faced danger
and 16 hour days
without overtime compensation.
Veterans often faced dangerous conditions, health hazards and they
were committed to an unlimited liability. Where are the
that will remember the sacrifices that all
and their families
have provided to the security of Canada? Where are the Leaders that
will remember our Veterans and their families not just during the
Remembrance Day photo
week, but throughout
the year? Why must veterans
look for law
to fight the same government
they were prepared to provide the ultimate sacrifice
" Honour, Dignity, Justice, Equality! "
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