Canadians Demanding Improvements and Changes To The New Veterans Charter sign now

CANADIANS DEMANDING IMPROVEMENTS AND CHANGES TO THE CANADIAN FORCES MEMBERS AND VETERANS RE-ESTABLISHMENT AND COMPENSATION ACT, BETTER KNOWN AS THE NEW VETERANS CHARTER

This petition is open to ALL Canadian citizens in support of serving CF Members, veterans and their families.

The Prime Minister of Canada,
The Minister of Veterans Affairs and
The Parliament of Canada,

This petition is organized to respectfully request the Prime Minister of Canada and the Minister of Veterans Affairs address the following issues facing our veterans immediately;

1. End the New Veterans Charter's lump sum disability payment and restore the life time pain and suffering pension to all CF veterans.

2. End the SISIP Claw back for all veterans disability pensions. It is fundamentally un-Canadian to claw back a pension on the older generation when the newer generation is, for this very reason, exempt from this financial hardship.

Always remember, the Veterans Affair Canada disability pension is awarded to our veterans for pain and suffering. As their website clearly states, this pension is NOT designed as income replacement and as such should NOT be deducted from long term disability claims at Manulife Life. While it may be common practice to offset one disability pension by another in most workplaces, the requirements to serve for Veterans cannot be compared to other employment; a different and unique standard must be set to reflect the unique terms of service of Veterans (the social contract up to and including loss of life).

3. End the widow's tax on disability pensions and one time lump sum payments. Our fallen heroes families have enough grief to deal with without the added taxation of an award that should be tax free.

4. End the reduction of veteran's military pensions at the age of sixty five. CF members served this nation with pride for many years and paid their contribution, they deserve this financial security as they grow older.

5. Address the concerns of the Agent Orange, Suffield Experimental Station victims, and nuclear test survivors (and their families) not only those that were volunteers, and other veterans who are suffering from a variety of physical and psychological issues including PTSD as a consequence of service to our nation.

6. Furthermore, take action on the recommendations set forth in the June 2010 40th Parliament, 3rd session report of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs titled: A Timely Tune-up for the Living New Veterans Charter. By extension, all of the more than 300 recommendations regarding the NVC should be implemented.

7. Reinstate all of the lapsed programs, benefits and services of the older legislation including the Pension Act. VAC should not have been permitted to arbitrarily reduce its responsibilities to veterans prior to the implementation of the NVC. It should be remembered that most veterans are covered by the legislation pre-dating the NVC. Their entitlements should be honoured.

8. Place a moratorium on reductions in VAC and review the manpower requirements. Many of the front line staff are unable to cope with their heavy and unacceptable workloads. Area counsellors should be increased so that they have enough time to work with their veterans and familiarise themselves with the vast array of services provided to veterans.

9. Implement legislation guaranteeing the Veterans Ombudsman is always a veteran and the office is an independent agency. It should not be subordinate to VAC.

10. Revise the definition of veteran to cover all personnel who serve in the capacity of military, paramilitary and related occupations on behalf of Canada. This should include military, police and civilian personnel assigned to operations recognized as military and security related. Everyone designated as a veteran should be entitled to the same services and benefits regardless of where, when or how they served Canada. There are historical precedents that have been enacted such as the Merchant Marine and other organizations in wartime.


The present Government continually say they recognize the need for special treatment for Veterans who serve Canada under adverse conditions. With this in mind, immediate action is required. You are requested to sign this petition in support of veterans and their families ensuring that they are provided lifelong compensation reflecting their invaluable and lifelong sacrifice to Canada.

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  • 01 February 2016995. Deborah Rose
    Our Vets fought for this country and died for this country..We must take care of each and every one of them...You politiians make good money and who and why because of the Vets.. City Sydney NS Postal Code B1N 3T3
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  • 16 January 2016989. Keith Aw
    MP's get the big pension but never have to face danger on the front lines. Talk is cheap when hiding behind the fallen. City Victoria Postal Code V8R 4P2
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  • 13 January 2016986. James M
    I fully support these issues that have sadly been neglected for too long. Serving this great country was an honour and privledge, please show the same respect we gave to this country and restore the trust in "government". City Ladysmith Postal Code V9G 1R
  • 11 January 2016985. Kelly S
    "As their website clearly states, this pension is NOT designed as income replacement and as such should NOT be deducted from long term disability claims at Manulife Life." The lump sum payment pales in comparison to the monthly pension for pain and suffer
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    shame on the Harper gov't for asking men and women to defend this country and then kicking them in the teeth when they need our help and support the most, stop these changes! City victoria Postal Code v8w 2c5
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Stacy McculloughBy:
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The Prime Minister of Canada, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Parliament of Canada

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