Belleville- Flanked by a number of veteran candidates, including local Liberal candidate Jeff Lehoux, Justin Trudeau announced a comprehensive plan to change how the federal government deals with veterans.
“I am a veteran and I am running because after 10 years of Stephen Harper, we have seen how the Conservative government treats veterans – with contempt. From closing Veterans Affairs clinics, to fighting veterans in court and arguing there is no sacred obligation to those who served; Canadians can clearly see how this government’s commitment to veterans is one that starts and ends with photo-ops” Lehoux said.
A Liberal government will:
- re-establish lifelong pensions for our injured veterans, and increase the disability award;
- invest $25 million to expand access to the Permanent Impairment Allowance;
- invest $40 million to increase the Earnings Loss Benefit to 90 percent of pre-release salary;
- invest $80 million per year to create a new Veterans Education Benefit that provides full support for the cost of up to four years of college, university, or technical education;
- invest $100 million per year to expand support for families of veterans;
- increase the veteran survivor’s pension amount from 50 percent to 70 percent;
- double funding to the Last Post Fund to ensure that veterans receive a dignified burial;
- re-open the nine Veterans Affairs service offices closed by the Harper Conservatives;
- fully implement all of the Auditor General’s recommendations on enhancing mental health service delivery to veterans;
- hire 400 new service delivery staff, including new case managers, at Veterans Affairs; and
- budget $20 million to create two new centres of excellence in veterans’ care.
“With today’s announcement, Justin Trudeau and Liberal Party of Canada have shown that we are the only party listening to the concerns of veterans. We are proactively taking the steps needed to address these concerns. The Liberal Party and myself are committed to restoring respect and fighting for our veterans” said Lehoux.