Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr Urges Patience on Military Pensions

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr Urges Patience on Military Pensions

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Hehr urges patience on military pensions

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WINNIPEG - Canadian veterans are being asked to be patient when it comes to the re-establishment of their lifelong pension.

Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr was in Winnipeg on Friday to meet with new office employees and service members.

He was asked about his party's election promise to bring back the lifelong pension for veterans after it was eliminated in 2006 by the former Conservative government in favour of a controversial lump sum payment.

Hehr said the Liberal government is working toward "having a clearer option" on the lifetime pension.

There is currently a lawsuit making its way through the courts in British Columbia that was filed by six severely disabled Afghanistan veterans in 2012.

It was halted in 2015 during the election campaign with the hopes that a new government would create new legislation on lifelong pension for veterans, but as of June the lawsuit is back on. …

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