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Post by SniperGod on Fri 15 Mar 2019, 11:09 am

War pensioners rep. says government needs more input from veterans on pension program

By Tom Sasvari -March 15, 2019

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SUDBURY—The chief executive officer of the Manitoulin-North Shore War Pensioners of Canada (WPC) is perplexed as to why the federal government didn’t garner more input from veterans before making changes in laws to enact its new Pension for Life program.

“I shake my head as to why the government of Canada will not pay more attention to the input of veterans before making changes in law to enact a new Pension for Life Program, which will come into effect on April 1, 2019, April Fool’s Day,” stated Colin Pick.

“As stated in a Globe and Mail article (January 2, 2019), it’s a systematic attack upon veterans’ rights to be denied the chance to participate in the very democracy that they were willing to die to defend,” said Mr. Pick, quoting Sean Bruyea, a veterans’ rights advocate. Mr. Bruyea is in the process of suing then-Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan for defamation of character, as a result of comments made in response to his criticism of the Pension for Life Program, explained Mr. Pick.

“The problems stem from government actions portraying the same old story that whatever the government does for the veterans, it turns out to be more about saving the government money on the backs of the veterans, instead of genuinely improving the financial lot for Canada’s most seriously disabled veterans. Once again, the new proposals fall far short of ensuring financial stability, equality or some semblance of fairness between different generations of veterans for the remainder of their lives,” continued Mr. Pick.

He said, “in the words of retired Major Mark Campbell, who lost both legs in Afghanistan, this validates and vindicates everything we are trying to do. Meaning, trying to bring back the previous disability pension afforded to veterans prior to 2006, under the old pension act, then when the problematic components of the New Veterans Charter came into effect, this was another cost savings measure on the backs of the veterans.”

The Globe and Mail reported on February 21, 2019, that most disabled veterans will receive more financial support under the federal government’s new pension program, though some of the most severely impaired will lose out on hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a new report.

The parliamentary budget officer (PBO) study also concluded that the benefits promised by the soon-to-be-implemented Pension for Life program will be less than what veterans would have reaped in a previous disability pension program scrapped in 2006.

In its report released Thursday, the PBO found that all current recipients of disability benefits will receive an “equal or greater amount” of funding in the Liberals’ Pension for Life regime, set to go into effect on April 1.

But it warned that three percent of new veteran entrants would have received around $300,000 more in financial support from the existing program, in part because of the elimination of a supplement for “veterans with severe and permanent impairment and diminished earning capacities.”

Known as the Career Impact Allowance Supplement, it offered more than $21,000 to the most severely affected veterans in 2017. While current recipients can continue to access the supplement, it will not be available to new applicants, the PBO study notes.

Relying on data from Veterans’ Affairs, the PBO predicted the costs to government for the existing cohort of beneficiaries and projected new applicants over 2019 and 2023. It found that the pre-2006 program, instituted in the Pension Act, would be the most generous for the veterans and also most expensive for the federal government, projecting Ottawa would need to cough up $40 million to cover those costs.

That program offered regular pension payments for disabled veterans while the New Veterans Charter in 2006 largely replaced those with lump-sum payments that topped out at $365,400, according to reporting by the Globe and Mail. Critics argued that this was far less than what veterans would have received in the pre-2006 program.

The PBO determined that the Liberals’ new package was “slightly more generous” than the Veteran Well-Being Act regime introduced in 2006. According to the PBO, the government would have to pay $22 billion under the existing system in veterans pensions and $25 billion under the new Pension for Life program.

“The bottom line being that the pre-2006 old pension act paid out 1.5 times more over the lifetime of a veteran some 13 years ago than it does now,” said Mr. Pick. “Now as we approach the third attempt at a Pension for Life overhaul, this government still cannot get it right because when these changes come into place on April 1, 2019, some of the seriously disabled veterans are going to get less than before because the government has dropped the supplementary benefit designed to compensate for those seriously disabled veterans who are no longer able to work because of their injuries. This is nothing short of another kick in the teeth for veterans, which is absolutely wrong on moral grounds and equality for all veterans’ pensions.”

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Post by Trooper on Fri 15 Mar 2019, 6:42 pm

The government did not garner info from Veterans on the Pension For Life because the government did not create the Pension For Life. Walt Natynczyk and his team of bureaucrats created the Pension For Life. Hehr, O'Regan, and now MacAulay have the exact same knowledge as the general public has on the Pension For Life. As soon as the Ministers are appointed Walt gives them the breakdown as Walt see's it. The Ministers do not have the smarts nor the knowledge to question what Walt creates. This is why we end up with a broken promise Pension For Life. The Ministers will say they look forward to hearing from Veterans, but the fact is this is just for show, and public relations. You will notice when something shows up in the media for example a Veterans being denied access to Camp Hill the Ministers run and hide. The Ministers are suppose to stand for disabled Veterans in this Country. I have yet to witness this. Instead what we witness is Ministers taken orders from Walt Natynczyk!!! This is fact of the way in which the Veterans file in Canada is run. The Veterans file is run by Walt Natynczyk, and his bureaucratic team. The Ministers, and quite frankly the government is useless at handling the Veterans file. My advice for those reading this is to look at the history behind the Veterans file, in particular since 2006. Those who understand the pre 2006 system understands exactly where I'm coming from with my insights. The government is no friend to it's disabled Veterans, and this goes for all political parties in Canada. The government does not have enough knowledge or even the initiative to run the Veterans file. It is to complex for them so they turn to the deputy Minister to run the file in full. So in my advice I would caution anyone especially disabled Veterans in this Country against anything, including promises by any political party to be authentic!!!

I'm sorry Mr. Colin Pick but unfortunately you will continue to shake your head moving forward regarding the incompetence in our government towards their handling of the Veterans file.

Sean Bruyea has an impeccable understanding, and knowledge with the Veterans file. He scares Ministers of Veterans affairs, and the bureaucrats that create such mess, and chaos within our file. We are lucky to have Sean advocating for us not only because of his competence, also because he is old system which shows his good character fighting for those post 2006 Veterans. I hold a lot of respect for Sean Bruyea he truly cares for his fellow Veterans!!!

In closing I would say that our government is allowing the bureaucrats to run the show, a show that shows the Veterans file getting worse step by step. Those post 2006 disabled Veterans don't come close to what pre 2006 Veterans are getting. We have both the Conservatives, and the Liberals to blame for that. And this is a fact that is incontestable.

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