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Post by Trooper on Tue 21 Nov 2017, 4:24 pm

From Aaron Bedard, posted on his group facebook today:

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the GoC will be announcing what they refer to as a pension “OPTION” in the next few weeks. It is important to be aware of what the policy advisory group has worked on this past 19 months. Mark Campbell and the other members of the PAG have presented recommendations that were well received in the last veterans summit Oct.3 2016. All public information that has been produced by the PAG is in this link."


http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/about-us/stakeholder-engagement/policy
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Re: Policy Advisory Group

Post by Trooper on Tue 21 Nov 2017, 5:32 pm

I can say with certainty the upcoming pension announcement will be worth nothing.

What was brought forward by the Policy Advisory Group in terms of advising will go unanswered. They may incorporate minor details of suggestions by the group, if, and only if it already fits into the bureaucrats draft.

The town halls that is being conducted across the Country by Aaron Bedard are appreciated, but I think that those town halls are only good to inform the uninformed Veterans on the Equitas Law Suit, and other Veteran issues including the upcoming announcement of the pension. It can also rally the troops. However, in my opinion it does no good on the advocating front. There's no media attention, no Debriefs on the town halls posted on his group page to inform those who could not be present at those town halls. If the intent is to inform Veterans, he is doing a great job.

The old pension act was geared towards long term security for injuries related to service.

The New Veterans Charter is geared towards Transition, transition from military to civilian life. That is why you will never again see a system so proper in terms of long term security as the old pension act for disabled Veterans. That is why the upcoming pension announcement will be worth nothing. Like I said many times before, the Prime Minister, and the Minister of Veterans Affairs know the basics of the Veterans file. They know about what Veterans are asking for, they know about the Equitas Lawsuit, what they don't know is the detail in depth of the Veterans file. The details are left for the bureaucrats to handle, therefore it is the bureaucrats who run the Veterans file.
The PM and the MVA are responsible for the Veterans file, but they don't control the file itself in terms of what is brought forward, they sign off on what is brought forward by the bureaucrats. When there's an issue raised by Veterans or Veteran groups, the MVA sits down with his team of bureaucrats and the bureaucrats informs the MVA how to respond. That's the way it works. So that is why attending meetings with the MVA is going to do absolutely no good to Veterans. Those days of negotiating are gone, it's difficult for some to understand or realize this, but it is for the benefit of all Veterans that this understanding comes together in a united fashion. If 11 years of failed negotiation does not prove the validation of this theory, I don't know what will.
The most important part of aiding a disabled Veteran in this Country is long term for life security, this has to come first. The New Veterans Charter has taken this long term security for life away from disabled Veterans. You cannot take transition, mental health, funds for education, rehabilitation, change the wording of certain benefits, promote those moves as gap fixing or improvements to say this is inline or better than the life security of the pension act. It is mind boggling to continue to see those being influenced by what is being promoted by this government for Veterans. It's even more mind boggling to see groups get caught up into thinking by attending these meetings and making minor improvements if any to the structure surrounding the New Veterans Charter, is something considered positive for the Veterans of today who are way below in what they receive for security, compared to those Veterans from the old pension act. Forget about those gaps, those gaps will be around for ever as long as the New Charter exist. Concentrate on boycotting the government, allow the Equitas to do their thing, stick with the media, let the Country know how the bureaucrats run our file, and the top government heads allow them too. If you got the energy to advocate, do it in a public venue, be it, news conferences or public marches. In my opinion if you have the funds to set up town halls, perhaps something different like public marches. Get the Schools involved, let the Country know what is going on because as it stands today, the Country only hears the governments side, very little from the Veterans side. In order to see real change, you need to hit the government where it hurts, the only way to do this is to concentrate your efforts on public venues with concrete information. JMO
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