Government of Canada: Our wounded veterans deserve life-long support
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.
- Leader, Green Party of Canada / Chef, Parti Vert du Canada
- Leader of the Opposition
- Senate Sub-committee on Veterans Affairs
- Equitas Society
As a Citizen of Canada and the ultimate employer of the Canadian Forces, the RCMP, and the Government of Canada, I declare that the social contract with the Forces and RCMP DOES exist.
Those who sacrifice body, mind, and life to our national interests must be provided compensation commensurate with their suffering. That is our duty as Citizens.
I hereby instruct you to recant and refute the Government's statements in the Equitas class-action suit; to irrevocably confirm the contract between those who serve and the people of Canada; and to publicly apologize to all members of the Canadian Forces and RCMP - those serving now and the veterans - for arguing that their service and dedication does not merit special consideration.
You are also instructed to stop wasting our tax dollars fighting our veterans in court and to find appropriate - and timely - solutions to these issues. Our veterans have given their all for Canada. Canada cannot do less for them.
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