Canadian Veterans struggling with months-long waits for pensions and benefits can count on a new Conservative government to take immediate action to get them the support they deserve.
Andrew Scheer, leader of Canada’s Conservatives, announced a comprehensive plan today to deliver more help to Canada’s Veterans in a timely and respectful manner.
“To every Veteran who has struggled and who continues to struggle without the support and benefits you have earned through your service, my message is this: You deserve better. After October 21, we are going to make things better,” Scheer said. “Instead of forcing Veterans to work harder for government benefits, it’s time the government worked harder for our Veterans’ benefit. It’s time for a government that works harder for you; it’s time for you to get ahead.”
A new Conservative government will:
- Enshrine, in legislation, a Military Covenant between the Government of Canada and all Canada’s Veterans. This will guarantee that every Veteran is treated with respect and is provided services in a timely manner.
- Clear the current backlog of Veterans’ benefit applications within 24 months.
- Create a reliable, dependable pension system that, unlike the Liberal status quo, is fair to Canada’s most disabled Veterans.
- Strengthen transition services to support discharged or retired Canadian Armed Forces members.
- Strike an independent inquiry to provide answers about Canadian Armed Forces members who were administered mefloquine.
- Provide more service dogs to Canadian Veterans in their communities.
- Put vital commemoration projects, like the National Memorial for Canada’s War in Afghanistan, back on track.
In 2015, Justin Trudeau promised that no Veteran would have to “fight the government for the support and compensation they have earned.” Yet under the Trudeau Liberals the number of Veterans left stranded on government waitlists had ballooned to 40,000 – a growth of over 33 per cent. Worst of all, Trudeau continues to fight Veterans in court, and has dismissed their concerns saying, “They’re asking for more than we are able to give.”