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EQUITAS

SOCIETY

JUSTICE - FAIRNESS - EQUITY

Class Action Law Suit Legal Action

EQUITAS

SOCIETY

JUSTICE - FAIRNESS - EQUITY

Class Action Law Suit Legal Action

EQUITAS

SOCIETY

JUSTICE - FAIRNESS - EQUITY

Class Action Law Suit Legal Action

EQUITAS

SOCIETY

JUSTICE - FAIRNESS - EQUITY

Class Action Law Suit Legal Action

EQUITAS

SOCIETY

JUSTICE - FAIRNESS - EQUITY

Class Action Law Suit Legal Action

EQUITAS

SOCIETY

JUSTICE - FAIRNESS - EQUITY

Class Action Law Suit Legal Action

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An article on how Battle with Ottawa over pensions for wounded veterans continues as Vimy glory relived

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Please read this article written by an injured veteran on how Trudeau Is Ready To Break A 100-Year Promise To Veterans on the subject of pensions for injured soldiers made on the eve of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

An article on how Many wounded war veterans feel Trudeau has let them down

Please read and let your local MP and the PM know how you feel about this by writing or calling them.

EQUITAS
justice – fairness – equity
EQUITAS News Release ~ www.equitassociety.ca

EQUITAS Says Prime Minister Trudeau Not Fulfilling His Promise To Reinstate Lifelong Pensions for Canada’s Disabled Veteran

“In 1917, on the eve of the attack on Vimy Ridge, Prime Minister Robert Borden assured the country’s soldiers that they “need have no fear that the government and the country would fail to show just appreciation of their service.” The Prime Minister considered it Canada’s “first duty” to support the troops and he promised them that none would have “just cause to reproach the government for having broken faith” with its troops.

Later, the Government reiterated these commitments. It too supported Canada’s fighting men and their families. The “maimed,” “broken,” “the widow and the orphan” would each be protected because, the government re-assured its soldiers, “Duty and decency demanded that those … saving democracy should not find democracy a house of privilege, or a school of poverty and hardship.”¹

During the 2015 election, now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made this pledge to Canada’s veterans “If I earn the right to serve this country as your Prime Minister, no veteran will be forced to fight their own government for the support and compensation that they have earned. We will reinstate lifelong pensions and increase their value in line with the obligation we have made to those injured in the line of duty.”

The lifelong military pension (according to the previous Pension Act) that was promised to be reinstated by now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had these attributes:

  • 75% of previous earnings (non-taxable)
  • Not subject to claw back
  • Not subject to review or revision
  • Indexed

The announcements made in Budget 2017 that were released on March 22 do not fulfill this promise of lifelong pensions. What the government referred to as a “pension option” is simply the ability to receive their Disability Award through a monthly payment for life, rather than the inadequate one-time lump sum payment. This does not come close to providing the standard of care and compensation that the previous Pension Act provided and that was promised by Prime Minister Robert Borden and other governments since.

While there have been some improvements in some benefits for Canada’s disabled veterans, lifelong pensions remain an unfulfilled promise and makes it necessary for justice to continue to be sought in the courts through our class action lawsuit. While Prime Minister Trudeau stated in his election promise that “no veteran will be forced to fight their own government” that is exactly what the representative plaintiffs have been compelled to do as a result of this government not delivering on the promise of a lifelong pension and by not providing a timeline when that promise might be fulfilled.

EQUITAS is the BC-based, national, cross-partisan, volunteer community organization which since 2011 has sought fair settlements for disabled veterans through a class action lawsuit launched by six representative plaintiffs over deficient compensation awarded under the New Veterans Charter.

Further Information

CONTACT: Marc Burchell 604-616-7933, or Aaron Bedard 778-686-5605

 ¹Quote from ACTIVEHISTORY.CA, Promises Broken or Promises As Usual, January 27, 2015

The Class Action Law Suit Legal Action

On October 30, 2012 Miller Thomson, working pro bono, filed an application in the BC Supreme Court to certify a Class Action Law Suit for disabled soldiers who have received low settlements under the New Veterans Charter. Equitas signed an agreement with Miller Thomson requiring Equitas to provide all the legal action disbursement costs (eg: doctor’s medical report fees, court fees, etc) -estimated initially at $100,000.00. Equitas believes in disabled soldiers getting fairly compensated for their service. With your help we can restore the Canadian Government’s commitment to its veterans to one that dignifies their sacrifice.

Case For Life-long Disability Pensions - The Standing Committee on Finance


CTV National News - 18 May, 2016 - Liberals Break Promise to Veterans


Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau Promises to Reinstate Lifelong Pensions


The Six Representative Plaintiffs

The class action brought by representative plaintiffs on behalf of thousands of individuals having common interests.

Dan Scott, Gavin Flett, Brad Quast, Mark Campbell, Kevin Berry and Aaron Bedard

Dan Scott, Gavin Flett, Brad Quast, Mark Campbell, Kevin Berry and Aaron Bedard

Dan Scott- 26 years old reservist with the rank of Bombadier
Gavin Flett - 37 years old reservist with the rank of Master Corporal
Brad Quast - 23 years old reservist with the rank of Corporal
Mark Campbell - 47 years old Regular Force Infantry Soldier with the rank of Major
Kevin Berry - 29 years old light machine gunner
Aaron Bedard - 39 years old combat engineer in the position of recon driver

Led by a team of legal experts

Any soldier who wants to communicate directly with Miller Thomson LLP about the legal action, may do so by emailing them at: veterans@millerthomson.com

Military Veterans Bill of Rights

  • 1. Be treated with respect, dignity, fairness and courtesy.

    We will listen carefully to what you have to say and be fair and polite.

  • 2. Take part in discussions that involve you and your family.

    We will talk with you to learn about your needs. Your family and your community are important to you and your well-being. We will keep this in mind when making decisions that involve you.

  • 3. Have someone with you for support when you deal with Veterans Affairs.

    You can choose to have a family member, friend or other trusted person with you for support when you visit our offices or when we visit you.

  • 4. Receive clear, easy-to-understand information about our programs and services, in English or French, as set out in the Official Languages Act.

    We will give you information that is clear, easy to understand and in the language of your choice, whenever we write to you, talk to you, or visit with you.

  • 5. Have your privacy protected as set out in the Privacy Act.

    Information we have about you will be kept private as set out by applicable law, including the Privacy Act.

  • 6. Receive benefits and services as set out in our published service standards and to know your appeal rights.

    We have put our service standards in writing. We will provide services and benefits to you in the time set out by these standards. We will inform you of your appeal options and how to get help with an appeal, at the same time that we give you our decision about a service or benefit.

  • 7. Receive counselling and assistance in filling out applications.

    We commit to assisting you complete your applications so that claims will be appropriately processed without unreasonable delay. We will also provide this service at any time throughout the application process.

  • 8. Preference in public service employment.

    We commit to assisting you gain priority hiring for employment in the federal public service and also commit to supporting you in sustaining that employment.

  • 9. Receive all entitlements, benefits and services you qualify for without need of additional applications.

    Veterans Affairs has the responsibility to ensure you receive everything you qualify for.

  • 10. Right to Government funded representation.

    You will be provided with free legal representation to assist you with your claims throughout all aspects of the application process including representation in the courts.

Military Covenant

A SOCIAL COVENANT BETWEEN THE PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT OF CANADA AND

THOSE WHO SERVE IN THE ARMED FORCES OF CANADA (THE “CANADIAN MILITARY COVENANT”)

 The Canadian Forces are the armed forces of Her Majesty raised to defend Canada and protect its people, free institutions and interests in a manner that best serves the nation’s parliamentary democracy. The service men and women who make up the Canadian Forces, while serving, must forego basic Human Rights enjoyed by other Canadians.

To continue reading the proposed covenant click here

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