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Post by Jeremiah on Thu 14 Mar 2019, 7:12 pm

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney now the NDP’s Critic for Veterans Affairs

Twila Amato, staff Thursday, Mar. 14th, 2019

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Rachel Blaney is the MP for North Island-Powell River.



NORTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND, B.C. – MP Rachel Blaney has a new role at Parliament Hill.

Blaney has been given the new role as the NDP’s Critic for Veterans Affairs. According to a release from her office, this is in addition to her other roles as Critic for Seniors’ Issues and Vice-Chair of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee.

“As the MP for Comox and 19 Wing, I’ve worked closely with many from our armed forces and I am deeply concerned about how our current and past governments have treated service members when their duty has ended,” Blaney wrote in the release.

Blaney is replacing Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns, who is now taking the role of the NDP’s Critic for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

The release added that Blaney is looking forward to serving in the new role.

“How we care for our veterans, our seniors and our elders, those who have built this country, says a lot about who we are as a nation.”





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Post by Jackson on Mon 15 Apr 2019, 8:00 pm

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Sunset over Charlottetown Veterans Memorial with Veterans Affairs Canada building in the background.



MP concerned about treatment of veterans

SCOTT STANFIELD / Apr. 15, 2019

Rachel Blaney says her new role as the NDP’s Critic for Veterans Affairs has been fulfilling and disheartening since receiving the appointment last month.

The North Island-Powell River MP is concerned about Veterans Affairs Canada’s (VAC) treatment of past Canadian Forces members. Since being elected MP in 2015, she has met numerous vets who feel their problems are not being taken seriously. For instance, she said a simplified VAC form to access supports and treatment options could lead to delays in treatment and awards, and even mis-diagnoses.

“When the process happened (to streamline the form), they worked with their service excellence advisory but not with the mental health advisory,” said Blaney, who also serves as Critic for Seniors’ Issues, and Vice-Chair of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee.

“Right now we’re seeing a lot of setting standards for services, and they’re not even getting close to meeting them.”

The Liberal government’s new pension-for-life (PFL) option for veterans came into effect April 1. It includes Pain and Suffering Compensation (PSC), Additional Pain and Suffering Compensation (APSC), and Income Replacement Benefit (IRB). Blaney’s office is working with someone who had the PSC aspect added to his pension, but says his cheque wound up being smaller.

“It’s (PFL) still not the commitment they made during the campaign,” Blaney said. “We’re watching how it unfolds. We hope that it helps but it doesn’t look like it’s going to fill those gaps that are much needed to be filled.”

Blaney is also distressed by the number of vets who have been moved from caseworker to caseworker.

“We’re working hard with the minister’s office to try and improve that,” she said, noting the level of burnout among VAC caseworkers. “This is a commitment to the people who serve us. I feel for veterans, and I hear it when they call me from across the country how exhausted they are that they’re still fighting this fight.”





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Post by Rifleman on Mon 15 Apr 2019, 9:09 pm

FRACK OFF YEP YOUR CONCERNED WHY? ITS ELECTION TIME WHY DONT YOU JUST FRACK OFF WHAT PROMISES WILL YOU MAKE LMAO TRYING TO GET VOTES !!! ITS THAT TIME

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Post by Trooper on Tue 16 Apr 2019, 6:54 am

Rifleman wrote:FRACK OFF YEP YOUR CONCERNED WHY? ITS ELECTION TIME WHY DONT YOU JUST FRACK OFF WHAT PROMISES WILL YOU MAKE LMAO TRYING TO GET VOTES !!! ITS THAT TIME

Unfortunately your exactly right Rifleman, politicians will use Veterans to gain votes. Taken her concerns to the Minister will not accomplish much. The Minister is useless in this position. The deputy Minister runs the file, and he has proven to all disabled Veterans he is on board with an insurance style system which does not fair against the pension act. Our government has failed us badly, and the NVC, and now the PFL is not going to sit well with disabled Veterans. But wait will see them all on remembrance day come out in large numbers making it seem as though they care about disabled Veterans, we all know this is all a front, they in reality don't really care, that has become clear, as clear can be.
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Post by Rifleman on Tue 16 Apr 2019, 8:07 pm

Exactly!!!

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