MP GORD JOHNS PRESSES GOVERNMENT ON PBO REPORT ON VETERANS' PENSION FOR LIFE

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February 21, 2019

 

MP GORD JOHNS PRESSES GOVERNMENT ON PBO REPORT ON VETERANS' PENSION FOR LIFE

 

Ottawa — Member of Parliament Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) accused the Liberal government of misleading veterans with its new pension for life—which is actually less generous for the most seriously injured veterans than the previous plan. 

 

“It’s heartbreaking to see veterans sacrifice their lives while consecutive governments won’t properly invest in services that veterans deserve”, MP Johns said during Question Period in the House of Commons today, “Why are Liberals leaving veterans out in the cold”, he asked. 

 

In a report to Parliament earlier in the day, the Parliamentary Budget Office estimated that about 5 per cent of future recipients would have been better off under the Veterans Well-being Act. Moreover, 3 per cent of new entrants would be greatly disadvantaged under Pension for Life as they would, on average, have received around $300 thousand more in financial support from the existing regime.

 

“The revolving door of Liberal and Conservative Ministers is disrespectful with eight Ministers in nine years”, MP Johns said. “Throughout this whole SNC-Lavalin scandal, veterans are losing out because the Prime Minister has yet to appoint a Veterans Affairs Minister”, he added. 

 

As the NDP critic on veterans affairs, MP Johns has called on the Prime Minister to appoint a Veterans Minister right away to address the issues raised in the Parliamentary Budget Office report and its failure to meet twelve of the department’s twenty-four service standards.

 

The NDP believes a covenant exists between the Canadian people and the government to provide equitable financial compensation and support services to past and active members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have been disabled or have died as a result of military service, and to their dependents.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgNoMycHdr8&t=3s

 

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For more information, please contact: 
Mark Everson: 613-992-0909 or gord.johns.a1@parl.gc.ca