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Minister Hehr reaffirms Government of Canada's sacred obligation to Veterans

Post by Guest on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 14:23

Statement - Minister Hehr reaffirms Government of Canada's sacred obligation to Veterans.

OTTAWA, June 17, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement:

"In last year's election campaign, we promised Canadians a government that would uphold our sacred obligation to Veterans. That promise was reiterated in my mandate letter and I remain committed to it.

"We have a mandate to serve Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families, and I can tell you in no uncertain terms that I believe it is my responsibility as Canada's Minister of Veterans Affairs, on behalf of all Canadians, to make sure their service to Canada is recognized and honoured.

"To me, that means we work to provide Veterans and their families with the best benefits and services we can. We have made great strides in doing just that. You need look no further than what our Government has done to increase the Disability Award, expand access to the Permanent Impairment Allowance, provide injured Veterans with 90 percent of their pre-release salary, and the list goes on.

"It means that we treat each and every Veteran with care, compassion and respect. It means that we help every Veteran and his or her family make the sometimes difficult transition from military to civilian life. It means that we honour every Veteran's service in a meaningful way. That is my job. And, make no mistake, I consider the work we do to be part of a sacred obligation to Canada's Veterans and their families. We clearly recognize that obligation to Veterans and the Prime Minister said exactly that in his mandate letter.

"We delivered on $5.6 billion in financial security in Budget 2016 and will continue delivering on each item outlined by the Prime Minister in his mandate letter, including the option for lifelong pensions for injured Veterans."



SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada


For further information: Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/statement---minister-hehr-reaffirms-government-of-canadas-sacred-obligation-to-veterans-583434341.html

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Post by Teentitan on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 14:44

Nice statement but I think there is a huge gap between the understanding of the sacred obligation the veterans have and the GoC has.

Let's take a crack at that one Kent. Or is this just some more PR spin BS?
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Re: Minister Hehr reaffirms Government of Canada's sacred obligation to Veterans

Post by Guest on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 14:47

The Liberals have lost all credibility regarding Veterans!

That's what I think!

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MVA's Facebook Comments / From Statement

Post by Guest on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 16:32

MVA's Facebook Comments

It's 5.6 billion over 6 years, that's less then a billion per year, drop the smoke and mirrors. You can't tally money up when your term is 4years and say this is what we're doing! And since you just published that Canada owes a duty to the sacred obligation call the lawyer and drop the case


And that is why your government is taking the Veterans back to court saying in an appeal that you go not have a sacred obligation to the Veterans. And the meagre increase to the lump sum is laughable $360,000 to replace a life long pension hahaha. The British pay out is just a bit over $1 million and the severally injured get the regular pay tax free for life. You can not even think your doing a good job if you look at what the Brits and Aussies are doing for their Vets


And mere days ago, the government lawyers re-adopted the previous governments position regarding the sacred obligation to Canada's Veterans. That position being that there IS no sacred obligation. Now we chalk double-speak up alongside boldfaced lying on your record as MVA.
This announcement should have followed the announcement that you were dropping the Equitas lawsuit, or it's not worth the electricity wasted out of my cellphone battery to display it on my screen. Make us whole, or don't waste my time with false platitudes and cheap words.


Please enlighten me on how supportive respectful or compassionate the Equitas court case. The government is arguing that Canada has no sacred obligation to veterans. It can't both ways.


You lie like a rug, really nice how you and the liberal party cheated the veterans of this country with your lies, double talk, and continual repeating of the same statements. Hope that you can sleep at night knowing how you have screwed veterans out of their votes.


But no sacred obligation to those in need of organ transplants, to victims of ISIS, to free interprovincial trade or to Canadian families in desperate need of tax relief?


l Have they ever signed on the dotted line to commit their life to this country's freedom, if so then yes there is a sacred obligation


This is smoke and mirrors. Hehr and the liberals are doing nothing to fulfill their empty election


I agree they keep talking yet I see no action.


How many offices have been reopened? How much extra $$ is going to veterans? Do some research before spouting crap


Em Hess money doesn't equal service or value. That's the #1 error of liberals and public sector organizations.


I'm a voter who is utterly disappointed. And rightly so - this government is an epic failure.


So there IS a sacred obligation....then get on it, call the lawyers off and do your job. Anyone else would be fired for not doing theirs..


Does it mean I call Veterans Affair and opt for a life long pension now ?


Then why do I feel lied to and betrayed by the liberal government? Because I have been


How about the upping of reeducation? No matter what your rank was?


I realize the Supreme Court case is ongoing, so I just hope it works out the way it should.


Where is the rest of my Life Long Pension for disability Mr. Hehr?

Was this the statement in court today, by the Governments lawyers? Only asking because of the "quotations".


Our veterans deserve a life long pension for their sacrifice, not some paltry lump sum. Fighting them in court is despicible.


WHAT ABOUT PETTER BLINDHEIM???


Sir,
Words not actions, OUT


so tell us again, why our government is in court fighting our veterans with the same argument of the previous government- 'we have no sacred obligation' Liar, liar. Your words ring hollow. sir.


Is this reassurance like the time you said you would pound the tables for pipelines? Or is just more talk?


You gave more money to other countries to help them fight climate change than to Veterans who served this country!


I truly would like to believe what you have stated Hon Minister. However try putting words into action! Come visit the little guy, you might be very surprised on how well your new veterans platform is working out. "Get in the trenches" go find some veterans who are losing everything or have lost it all. Then your eyes may be opened to the fact it's about people not money! Families, children, mothers and fathers are having their lives turned upside down. Now u are taking veterans to court?? As an outsider looking into the Canadian political scene, you guys are hypocrites, it truly saddens me what people will do for power.

Quick question Any MP's diagnosed with PTSD due to time in the military?

If you are not speaking to us, you are speaking to wrong people and you are part of the problem.

Do the right thing. As you said you would.








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Re: Minister Hehr reaffirms Government of Canada's sacred obligation to Veterans

Post by Guest on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 17:39

I guess if you tell a lie long enough people start to believe it. As long as the voters who supported liberal believe what Kent is saying they have nothing to worry about!

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Post by johnny211 on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 17:43

WT_, Trooper you got it right. He is talking bs out of both sides of his mouth, which one is it. Stop trying to pull the wool, we are way to smart for this..VVV...
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Fulfilling a sacred obligation / Kent Hehr CTV Power Play Interview

Post by Guest on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 18:04

Fulfilling a sacred obligation / Kent Hehr CTV Power Play Interview.

June 17 , 2016


http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=894462

CTV Power Play: Strategy Session

June 17 , 2016


http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=894506

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Re: Minister Hehr reaffirms Government of Canada's sacred obligation to Veterans

Post by Guest on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 18:38

Trooper, Something must be coming, ie life time pension, because the MVA keeps saying it. If they don't deliver it after constantly saying it 24/7 on the news then come election time they'll be in a heap of trouble. I wouldn't mine that Mercedee Stephens as the New MVA I'd believe anything coming outta her mouth!

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Re: Minister Hehr reaffirms Government of Canada's sacred obligation to Veterans

Post by Teentitan on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 19:36

Well Nav how many times have you been told "Santa Claus is coming to town"?

Has he ever showed up?
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Re: Minister Hehr reaffirms Government of Canada's sacred obligation to Veterans

Post by pinger on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 20:34

What's coming ain't no Santa... it be damage control.
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Post by bigrex on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 21:39

You could hear the exasperation in her voice near the end. As someone who is paid to listen and talk to politicians on a daily basis, her BS tolerance has to be extremely high, but even she was getting tired of listening to his nonsense.
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Post by Guest on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 21:59

Ya, you could see her trying to get an answer from him but sucking chrome off a bumper hitch might have been easier! I don't know what is going to come out of this, I think some sort of pension but it will not be PA and more than likely will be an annunity type of set up. Take the lump sum upfront or have VAC invest the lump sum with an insurance company as a lifetime annunity with monthly payments. Some of the rumours I have heard are because the government raised the lumpsum that the new pension/annunity will be on a go forward basis, no retroactivity ?

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Post by Teentitan on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 23:06

For the last time the Libs did not raise the lump sum to $360K out of the goodness of their hearts! Equitas proved the lump sum was always below the national average and the GoC, any party that would have won the last election, would have been legally obligated to do it.

Retroactivity is another fly in the ointment. It cannot be a going forward basis without one massive class action lawsuit from every veteran from 2006 to whichever year it is implemented.
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Re: Minister Hehr reaffirms Government of Canada's sacred obligation to Veterans

Post by Dannypaj on Sat 18 Jun 2016, 06:43

We are Veterans fighting our own government, does that make any sense to anyone? Blows my mind.
The MVA's position must be a position of no authority, so who pulls the strings in the back ground?
Who put this man as our MVA needs a good slap in they ass, I really feel for this guy.  
Stop the BS! and tell us the truth.  Not the stats, not this, not that, but what is actually stopping you.
The 94 year old vet is an example of delay, deny and die................and what can you do about it?
For now we are sitting pretty.  What judge would not take into consideration the whole strategy of the entire GOC and the way it treats all Veteran's file, with such dishonour and disgrace.
For it to even be unfolding in this manner is unreal ............it is a living nightmare that all women and men from coast to coast are reminded of each and every single day, while all the little PM's Minionsters  break for summer.


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Re: Minister Hehr reaffirms Government of Canada's sacred obligation to Veterans

Post by Guest on Sat 18 Jun 2016, 07:03

Like I said the lifelong pension is coming , there's absolutely no doubt in my mind Kent will deliver a lifelong pension as per his mandate letter.
All I can continue to say is don't expect a lifelong pension that will be inline with what Veterans are expecting.
Read between the lines folks , look at what has transpired thus far with respect to what was brought forward by Kent an his team of staffers/bureaucrats.
The ELB increase was a sneak legislation by them lowering the minimum set rate which ultimately will see many Veterans seeing 5% or less of an increase , we will all see this come this October , wait for it!
Another troubling area will be the award retro coming in 2017 , lots of Veterans were happy to see that promise come in , but according to VAC a 25% awarded Veteran will get $11000 , this is of course helpful to anyone receiving it but it's nothing to get overwhelmed about.
The workings of this government with regards to the Equitas lawsuit in it's latest standings is by far clearly the biggest signal coming from them showing every Canadian Veteran that the Liberal government does not have our backs , an furthermore shows that they are not listening to what Veterans are saying or asking for.
Like I said , the bureaucrats are running the show , the MVA has failed to show leadership an make command decisions on his own putting Veterans well being over the bureaucratic actions.
The fighting back an forth between the Veterans an the government has now showed that this type of action is getting Veterans nowhere , the government has spoken , an they have showed us all where they stand , the best avenue moving forward in my mind is to focus on Veterans protest with the support of the media which BTW is doing an excellent job , an the courts to protect us , an to give us all what we so rightfully deserve in our continued fight for our well being.

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