Government of Canada: Our wounded veterans deserve life-long support
  • Petitioning Stephen Harper

This petition will be delivered to:

Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
Minister of Veterans Affairs
Julian Fantino
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Peter MacKay
Minister of National Defence
Rob Nicholson
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Steven Blaney
Equitas Society
Jim Scott

Government of Canada: Our wounded veterans deserve life-long support

    1. Petition by

      Our Duty

When a Canadian enlists, they are promised that if they are injured or killed in service, then Canada will take care of them and their loved ones.  This social contract is our sacred obligation to those who serve.  We Canadians must defend it.

In 1917, Prime Minster Robert Borden made that commitment as Canadians soldiers were about to attack Vimy Ridge.  It has been repeatedly confirmed for almost a century.  But today, our Government is denying the existence of this social contract, declaring it is not bound by commitments made by previous governments, and refusing the responsibility we owe to those who put their lives on the line for us.

Our Government has severely reduced the amount of financial support given to disabled veterans, putting many wounded veterans in dire financial situations.  Before 2006, disabled veterans were given a pension to that would support them throughout their lives. Today, they are given a lump sum for their pain and the Canadian Government wipes their hands of them. For a severely disabled veteran, this can mean 40% less than what they would have received under the old pension plan, or even up to 90% less than what other Canadian workers would receive for the same injuries.*

A group of veterans are suing the Canadian Government over the lump-sum disability payment (see http://equitassociety.ca/ ). In defence, Government lawyers have argued that Canada has no obligation to veterans or serving members of the Canadian Forces or RCMP, beyond that owed to an average citizen.

We Citizens know better. We know the social contract exists and that we are morally, ethically, socially, and legally obligated to care for veterans and their survivors.

Please sign this petition and tell our Government that we must take care of those who have served.

*http://equitassociety.ca/mission

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    1. Update on Presenting the Petition

      Hello everyone,

      We had planned to present this when we appeared at the review of the New Veterans Charter. Unfortunately, although we were on the witness list, we were never called to testify. It seems the powers that be didn't want to hear from the people!

      So we are going to make sure we are heard just the same.

      Within the next 2 months, Our Duty WILL present this petition to our parliament and the media. We will also ensure that the lawyers for the lump-sum class-action lawsuit receive it, in hopes that it may prove useful to their case.

      The petition has been stalled for a while, needing just a few hundred names to break 80,000. Can you help us break that mark?

      With the fall session of parliament upon us, we can expect more claims from the Harper Government that they support our troops... especially now that Harper is sending them into Iraq and Ukraine. We know better. As long as Government lawyers argue that Canada owes nothing to our veterans, Harper's support is worth nothing. Or less than nothing, as he continues to cut spending on equipment for the Forces and services to our veterans.

      Please, take a moment to email your friends, post to FB or Twitter or any other place, and encourage Canadians to stand up for our veterans. They really need us.

      Jeff Rose-Martland
      President
      Our Duty

    2. Reached 75,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Paul Sauriol HANMER, CANADA
      • about 1 hour ago

      These men and women put their life on the line to ensure our safety, and beliefs. It is our duty to ensure that wounded veterans get all the support they need.

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    • Kim Kelly WHITBY, CANADA
      • about 2 hours ago

      They served us , time to say thank you and serve them

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    • Sandra George NEW VICTORIA, CANADA
      • about 8 hours ago

      Veterans deserve to be looked after for their sacrifices.

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    • Nick LaFontaine NORTH BAY, CANADA
      • about 8 hours ago

      I feel that our veterans do put their lives on the line for uts Canadians, our taxes should be used on taking care of them.

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    • Nick Kanakos DELTA, BC, CANADA
      • about 21 hours ago

      My Dad was a Veteran

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