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Are politicians deceiving taxpayers about the generous approach to veteran benefits?

By Tom Hoppe      

Canada would not be in this quagmire if politicians had followed the rule of law and not created the NVC in 2005 and modernized the World War II Veterans Charter War Veterans Act to support Canadian Forces members and their families.

Canada expects veterans and their families to be properly cared for. In this election, it is time for politicians to stop making deceiving promises and to develop strong veterans’ legislation that will truly support our men and women who volunteered to the serve and protect the defence of our fine country, writes Tom Hoppe. Photograph courtesy of Canadian Forces/Combat Camera

With great fanfare, the Trudeau government announced a new version of veteran benefits stylishly labelled “Pension for Life.” Presumably this was a “promise kept” as Justin Trudeau’s 2015 election campaign zeroed in on veterans’ anger over the penny-pinching, no-pension “New Veteran Charter,” and he promised a return to the original Pension Act established that provided lifetime monthly pensions for wounded and disabled soldiers and their families.

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Wage subsidies ‘critical,’ a ‘lifeline’ for businesses to survive pandemic, says Chamber of Commerce president

News|By Mike Lapointe
'This subsidy will make a real difference in your lives and help everyone affected bridge to better times,' said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday, March 27.

Mental health a ‘missing piece’ in feds’ COVID-19 response, say critics, advocates

NDP MP Don Davies says the situation calls for an ‘extraordinary response’ and supports for mental health, which one advocate says should come ‘imminently.’

Food supply, emergency vehicle repair: keeping Canada-U.S. trade open key to fight against COVID-19, say stakeholders

The 'biggest point of concern right now' is 'making sure that we keep those shipments of fresh vegetables and other commodities rolling in by truck across the border, truck or train,' says John Manley.

Refusing to commit to firm timeline, Trudeau says it’s ‘realistic’ measures will last until July

The government is working to recall Parliament to consider passing what the prime minister has cast as the 'biggest economic measures' in Canada’s history.

Introduction of electronic, remote voting not called for yet, but should be re-examined by House committee, say some MPs

Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie says she doesn’t think such a reconsideration is warranted yet, but could be if COVID-19 keeps Parliament away into the fall.

Lobbyists clamour to get voices heard on COVID-19

The number of lobbying files connected to COVID-19 has exploded in the last week, with 90 registrations for 55 organizations outlining plans to push federal officials on issues ranging from policy to funding.

Feds to spend $2-billion to scale up production of medical supplies, equipment, as it braces for anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases

'We need a sustainable and stable supply of these products, and that means making them at home, and we’re optimistic that they will be available in the coming weeks,' says Prime Minister Trudeau.

Canadian authorities in talks about COVID-19 tracking apps

In Canada, separate projects are underway that would combine phone location data with positive COVID-19 diagnoses to notify individuals about potential exposure in what their creators say are privacy-friendly ways.

Budget 2020, election promises in question amid COVID-19 global pandemic crisis, say McKay, Delacourt

‘It is going to blow a hole in the government’s legislative agenda,’ says Liberal MP John McKay.
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