Friday, December 8, 2017
The Gift of Giving Lost on Liberals and
Veterans and RCMP hopes dashed to the
ground as federal government election promises on super annuity flounder
By Jacques De Winter,
De Winter holds the Canadian base flag embroidered and stitched by
Afghan women after being retired when troops pulled out of Khandahar.
An open letter to
Honourable PM Justin Trudeau:
the promises you made in order to help you get elected? How does
that make you feel now? Are you able to sleep at night, knowing that
with the 'Equitas lawsuit' thrown out, the very lawsuit you brought
back into court, for which you are responsible.
Again, nothing but broken promises to Canadians, and more
importantly (As I'm a Peacekeeping Veteran myself), to Veterans, the
very folks that keep Canada safe. Veterans have been treated
disgracefully when they were made to believe that there would be
real change – and 'sunny ways'. I certainly hope you or anyone from
the PMO had no influence on the judge's decision to throw out the
Truth, honour, and integrity is a rare
if not totally absent commodity at Parliament Hill of late it seems.
New recruits ought to be aware that the government DOES NOT HAVE
THEIR BACKS, but government officials will use every opportunity to
be photographed with the troops to make themselves look good.
These same troops are tremendous
Canadians who have signed a declaration to put their lives on the
line if the need arises. These same troops who are not allowed to
become involved in politics or to speak out against the government.
They've served the length and breadth of this Country, as well as
many places around the world, but the government, yes Mr. Trudeau,
your government treats Veterans as a liability like insurance
Pension inequality: The New Veterans Charter (NVC), introduced by
the Liberal government in 2005, and championed by the Conservative
government throughout their tenure, and supported by all federal
parties, replaced pensions with lump sum payments for injuries.
Canada will have completely different standards of financial
compensation for pre-NVC soldiers with the same injuries arising
from the same war, and that disparity among wounded Veterans of the
same war is just not right! The right and proper thing to do is to
award the same amounts to 'post-NVC' disabled soldiers.
The fact is that disabled soldiers are allowed 40 per cent less in
benefits under the NVC, than they were previously before the NVC.
I wonder what MPs, senators and
federal judges would do or say if their wages and/or benefits were
reduced by 40%?
I believe that a move is afoot to bundle existing benefits
(including the lump sum) with other benefits and divide this amount
into monthly payments and making it look like a pension. Mr.
Trudeau, you will not fool us again, and a change is coming – so say
Scrap the New Veterans Charter, and return to the old "PENSION ACT",
and treat Veterans as you promised you would.
Watch a CBC video clip showing
Trudeau's election promise to veterans
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