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Trudeau reverses promise on pensions for disabled veterans

February 2017

I’ve openly criticized the former Conservative government for canceling life-time pensions for disabled veterans, now it looks like I’m going to have to criticize the Liberals for their flip-flop on his promise to restore the lifetime pensions.

Our service personnel do a job that most people wouldn’t want to do. We owe them a guaranteed lifetime pension if a disabling injury forces them to be medically released.

Some may say why are veterans so special?  Some will say, “If I’m prevented from continuing in my job as a result of a disability, I don’t get a pension.  I just get shown the door.”

That may be true, but the military is a unique job where you are subject to hazards and dangers of which most other occupations can’t even compare.  Most people out there wouldn’t want to serve in a hostile area like Afghanistan or even the former Yugoslavia during their civil war in the mid 1990s.

For military personnel, any disability can make you ineligible to remain in your job, thus ending your career.  There is a policy called “The universality of service”, which basically means if you have any medical or physical limitations that prevent you from performing specific tasks and being deployed anywhere in the world, you can be medically released.  You don’t even get to remain in an office job because despite your occupation and where you serve, you are a soldier/sailor/aviator first and a trades-person second.  If you can’t deploy , you can’t serve.

Would any of my liberal friends be willing to criticize Trudeau on this one?

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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