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Sajjan says veterans’ pensions ‘a top priority,’ MPs’ pensions three times higher than veterans with similar tenures

By Derek Abma      

Joan Peterson, a 17-year veteran who receives about $47,000 a year including disability payments for her military service, says the discrepancy between military and MPs’ pensions 'disgusts' her.

Jordan Owens, spokesman for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, pictured, said 'the administration, policy development, and maintenance of [Canadian Armed Forces] pension plans is a top priority for the Department of National Defence.' The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

A Canadian Armed Force captain who plans to retire in 2024 after 25 years of service can count on a lifetime pension of about $40,000 a year, while an MP who recently retired after 22 years of service will get a pension of $129,600 a year, according to the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The first figure comes straight from the DND website in a section that lays out different scenarios for how a career

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