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Dangerous Déjà Vu for Veterans: Send the Omnibus Plate Back to the Chef

Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole

Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole (Hill Times photo)


Sean Bruyea

In a bizarre and never-ending déjà vu, government is ramming through Parliament the fourth piece of veterans’ legislation in a decade. It is plainly bad legislation swallowed inside yet another budget omnibus bill.

The proposed veterans’ programs are joined by a torrent of feel-good political announcements. Does the hype match reality? Do the programs fill the identified gaps and address the evidence-based recommendations?

No and no. The proposed veterans’ legislation should be sent back to the kitchen until what was ordered by veterans is finally served after 10 years of painful hunger.

Retirement Income Security Benefit

A new Retirement Income Security Benefit claims it will top up to 70% of what the veteran received from government prior to age 65. However this is based upon the veteran’s income loss benefit which already reduces military salary to 75%. This income loss benefit is inadequately adjusted for inflation to a maximum of 2% since military release from 1953 onwards. In the past twenty years, inflation has been above 2% nine of those years. Seventeen of the previous 20 years were above 2%.
For example, veterans released in 1996 have had their earnings loss benefit increased by approximately 30% while military salaries have increased 80%.… Read the rest

Media Update for November 15, 2010

The Quebec construction industry corruption scandal continues to batter Jean Charest and his government in Quebec. Opposition parties are being very vocal about wanting a public inquiry, with Charest steadfastly refusing. This is being interpreted by the public as him having something to hide. Others note, however, that a public inquiry would get in the way of a police investigation. They compare it to the investigation that brought in “Mom” Boucher, head of the Hells Angels in Quebec, and argue that it would have failed had a public inquiry interfered. I can understand the reasoning, but the problem is that this involves public money and potential corruption by public officials. There are indicators that the problem is deeply rooted, too. A public inquiry is really the only way I can see to restore public confidence. Perhaps if Charest promised one as soon as the police were finished, and then gave them a reasonable deadline?

There’s also two articles about how federal government oversight agencies are failing to do their jobs, or don’t have the power to do them properly. For example, did you know that Elections Canada, which is supposed to ensure that political parties follow the law with regard to spending, can’t ask for receipts when said parties ask for refunds from the government?… Read the rest