Trudeau took advantage of the trust many Patriotic Canadian Veterans put in him, using a promise to restore the pension for life to gain votes, and then betraying that promise once in power.
One of the few things Justin Trudeau said in the 2015 campaign that had near nationwide support was a plan to restore the pension for life for Canadian Veterans.
The New Veterans Charter introduced by Paul Martin and implemented by Stephen Harper – which replaced the old pension system – ended up being a total failure. It cut benefits for Veterans, and created two classes of Veterans, some who received good support in the past system, others who received far less in the new system.
The NVC became widely disliked, and more and more Canadian Veterans began demanding a return to the old system.
As outrage grew, Trudeau promised a return to the old system in his election campaign.
According to a recent report, “That promise raised expectations during the campaign, said Forbes, leaving many veterans who voted Liberal to feel “betrayed” by the new plan because it doesn’t measure up to the commitment.”
Now, over two years into his term, Justin Trudeau has betrayed the promise he made in 2015, to the new outrage of many across our country.
The National Council of Veterans Associations represents over 60 Canadian Veteran groups, and they have ripped the government for this betrayal.
As noted by CTV, “But while the government says its plan will provide disabled veterans with more compensation, the council said its analysis had found most injured ex-soldiers would not see any real benefit. That means the financial disparity between veterans injured before and after 2006 — the source of much anger for many veterans — will continue to persist, said council chairman Brian Forbes.”
Added Forbes, “I can’t find too many illustrations of anyone who comes close to what they would have received under the Pension Act, even with these new enhancements. So if you were injured in 2003 in Afghanistan as opposed to being injured in 2007 with the same disability, you have significantly different financial benefits. How is that acceptable? Same war, same conflict, different benefits.”
There’s no way to sugarcoat this: The plan proposed by the Liberals is a total betrayal of their promise. They said they would bring back pensions for life, yet their Pension Act doesn’t restore the previous system.
While the government can try to spin it however they want, who do they expect Canadians to believe: A government with a reputation for constant lies, or an organization that represents over 60 Veteran groups?
The answer is obvious.