• Sean Casey posted an update 3 years ago

    #VET

    This week, I was up in the House of Commons a couple of times asking the Veterans Affairs Minister about the discrepancy in funding by the federal government for funeral costs for Canadian Force Members and veterans.

    Here was one of my questions:

    Mr. Speaker, a Canadian Forces member receives $13,000 for funeral costs. A veteran receives $3,600. Nineteen months ago we raised this issue. The answer we received was that it was under review.

    Last year we asked the minister again to fix this problem. Even though his own officials raised it with him, he told a Senate hearing that it was not the time to talk about the matter. Yesterday we received another non-answer.

    Our veterans have done their job. They served and defended Canada. Why will the minister not do his and fix the situation now?

    This isn’t right. The Liberals have been fighting hard to change this discrepancy but we continue to get non-answers from the Minister. This is one issue I promise to fight tooth and nail for. I welcome your feedback on ways I can achieve this and other issues you believe are important to be changed at Veterans Affairs.

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    • Glad you asked the question. You and the other sitting MP’s may need to take a different approach in Question Period. You seem to be walking into too many walls of Conservative contempt. Maybe if you asked more #real questions rather than one’s the media would be fit to cover. What I mean is, don’t ask questions you expect them to dodge. Ask them something they don’t know the answer to.

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    • I’m not great at wording things but here goes:

      canadian forces member $13,000
      veteran member $ 3,600

      service to country priceless, so why does this government value the life of a veteran at 28% of the life of a canadian forces member. They both gave their lives so you can sit in Ottawa. and debate this issue.

      By the way my father was a vet..

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    • This is a tough one for me because I believe that the government (or governments) has a greater responsibility to not only military personel but also to police officers, firefighters etc. who are killed in the line of duty or as a result of their service, than to those who die of natural causes. As to the amount paid for funeral expenses it should not be that difficult to arrive at a province by province (or territory) indexed formula taking into consideration any other death benefits available. The real issue to me is the cause of loss of life due to the lack of programs to help veterans reintegrate into society. The Liberal Party position on suicide speaks directly to that problem but unfortunately so does the issue of safe injection sites.

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    • I for one believe that the biggest cost to our national defense is not the equipment budget, but the human cost.

      In recognition of this, all medical and funeral costs should be fully funded regardless of income.

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