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Veterans group urges feds to retreat from request to drop class-action

Murray Brewster and Dene Moore, The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, July 30, 2013 7:36AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, July 30, 2013 9:58PM EDT

VIDEO: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/veterans-group-urges-feds-to-retreat-from-request-to-drop-class-action-1.1389960#ixzz2afchn4YL

Murray Brewster and Dene Moore, The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, July 30, 2013 7:36AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, July 30, 2013 9:58PM EDT

At least one veterans group promises to campaign against the Harper Conservatives because of a stand taken by federal lawyers, who argue the country holds no extraordinary social obligation to ex-soldiers.

The lawyers, fighting a class-action lawsuit in British Columbia, asked a judge to dismiss the court action filed by injured Afghan veterans, saying Ottawa owes them nothing more than what they have already received under its controversial New Veterans Charter.

The stand drew an incendiary reaction from veterans advocates, who warned they are losing patience with the Harper government, which has made supporting the troops one of its political battle cries.

Mike Blais, president of Canadian Veterans Advocacy, told a Parliament Hill news conference that since the First World War, the federal government has recognized it has a "sacred obligation" to veterans -- and that notion was abandoned with the adoption of the veterans charter by the Conservatives.

"We are asking the government to stand down on this ridiculous position (and) to accept the obligation that successive generations of Parliament have wilfully embraced," said Blais, who pointed out veterans of Afghanistan deserve the same commitment as those who fought in the world wars.

"We're damned determined to ensure (the same) standard of care is provided by this government or we shall work to provide and elect another government that will fulfil its sacred obligation."


Veteran Michael Blais, President and founder of Canadian Veterans Advocacy, clockwise from left, Veteran Carlos Robert Steiner, NDP Deputy Veterans Affairs Critic Sylvain Chicoine, NDP Veterans Affairs Critic Peter Stoffer and Veteran David Desjardins take part in a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

The lawsuit filed last fall by six veterans claims that the new charter, which replaces life-time pensions with workers compensation-style lump sum awards for wounds, violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

In all cases, the awards are substantially less than what service members would have received under the old Pension Act system, which was initially set up following the First World War.

Veterans advocates, including Blais, see the new veterans charter as a bottom-line exercise.

"We went to war, signed up to serve this nation, nobody told us we would be abandoned," he said.

"Nobody told us they were going to change the game in mid-flights and that our government would turn its back on us, and put the budget ahead of their sacred obligation."


Mike Blais, president of Canadian Veterans Advocacy, speaks at a press conference on the federal government's New Veterans Charter, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

A spokesman for newly appointed veterans minister Julian Fantino said he wasn't able to comment directly on the court case. But Joshua Zanin noted that more than 190,000 veterans and their families received benefits under the revised charter and the "government has taken important steps to modernize and improve services to veterans."

Even so, federal lawyers argued that the veterans lawsuit is "abuse of process" that should be thrown out.

"In support of their claim, the representative plaintiffs assert the existence of a 'social covenant,' a public law duty, and a fiduciary duty on the part of the federal government," Jasvinder S. Basran, the regional director general for the federal Justice Department, said in a court application.

The lawsuit invokes the "honour of the Crown," a concept that has been argued in aboriginal rights claims.

"The defendant submits that none of the claims asserted by the representative plaintiffs constitutes a reasonable claim, that the claims are frivolous or vexatious, and accordingly that they should be struck out in their entirety."


NDP Veterans Critic Peter Stoffer speaks at a press conference on the federal government's New Veterans Charter, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

New Democrat veterans critic Peter Stoffer says the legal implication of claiming the government has no special obligation to veterans is far-reaching and he demanded the Conservatives clarify what it means.

He noted that unlike the previous legislation, the new veterans charter -- passed unanimously by all parties in 2005 and enacted by the Conservatives in 2006 -- contained no reference to social obligation.

Both Stoffer and Blais do not advocate for a complete return to the old pension system, but rather that veterans be given a choice of how the benefit is paid.

Among the soldiers named in the suit is Maj. Mark Douglas Campbell, a 32-year veteran of the Canadian Forces who served in Cyprus, Bosnia and Afghanistan.

In June 2008, Campbell, of the Edmonton-based Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, was struck by an improvised explosive device and Taliban ambush.

He lost both legs above the knee, one testicle, suffered numerous lacerations and a ruptured eardrum. He has since been diagnosed with depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Campbell received a lump-sum payment for pain and suffering of $260,000. He will receive his military pension, with an earnings loss benefit and a permanent impairment allowance but he is entirely unable to work and will suffer a net earnings loss due to his injuries, the lawsuit claims.

Another plaintiff soldier suffered severe injuries to his leg and foot in the blast that killed Canadian journalist Michelle Lang and four soldiers. He was awarded $200,000 in total payments for pain and suffering and post-traumatic stress.

The allegations in the lawsuit have not been proven in court.

The federal government application says policy decisions of the government and legislation passed by Parliament are not subject to review by the courts.

"The basic argument that they're making is that Parliament can do what it wants," said Don Sorochan, the soldiers' lawyer.

He said he receives calls almost daily from soldiers affected by the changes, and thousands ultimately could be involved.

Sorochan, who is handling the case for free, said he doesn't believe the objective of the legislation was to save money at the expense of injured soldiers, but that's what has happened.

"When the legislation was brought in it was believed by the politicians involved -- and I've talked to several of them, in all parties -- that they were doing a good thing," Sorochan said.

"But anybody that can objectively look at what is happening to these men and women who have served us, can't keep believing that."

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EQUITAS - Class Action - The Very Best of News for Disabled Veterans
« Reply #31 on: September 06, 2013, 06:17:49 PM »
EQUITAS - Class Action - The Very Best of News for Disabled Veterans

The Justice upheld that most of the key claims of the case, contained in the pleadings set out before the Court on behalf of the six representative plaintiffs, can be pursued further in Court. Consequently, the Class Action lawsuit can now proceed.
Of special note is that this judicial ruling also appears to be very supportive of Canada's veterans having rights in relation to the 'Honour of the Crown' as well as the Charter of Rights and Freedoms."
WE HAVE A CASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Equitas SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Documents
« Reply #32 on: September 06, 2013, 09:17:10 PM »
[pdf]http://equitassociety.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/ATT00013.pdf[/pdf]

From: Harold Leduc [mailto:duke@hkpdesign.com]
Sent: September-06-13 7:03 PM
To:
Subject: Judge Rules in Veterans Favour

Hi All,

For the widest possible distribution please.

You may have heard that the BC Supreme Court Judge in the Miller Thompson/Equitas case ruled that veterans Charter rights and the the Honour of the Crown were breached. That is great news for veterans. The decision is attached.

Today's decision is the first step in what may be a prolonged discovery and trial process that will uncover to what extent veterans rights have been infringed. There is a lot of work to be done by the legal team before anyone can start talking about any type of remedy.

This is also a wake up call for the Veterans organizations who helped Government bring in the New Veterans Charter against available evidence as indicated in the email of 27 June 2013 (reproduced below) and those who continue to work with them without legal opinion or representation. It's time for some serious reflection on the role you've played to prevent making the same mistakes. Now it's time to tell everyone how you will help the community.

While Miller Thompson and Equitas continue the court battle, the veterans community should open dialogue, organizations included, to determine what we can do to support Miller Thompson and Equitas in a unified way.

Time to stop the infighting that's harmed us, especially by the organizations and it's time to rally to the cause. Let's get the dialogue going.

In solidarity.

Harold


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Judge says Afghanistan veterans can continue lawsuit against federal government
« Reply #33 on: September 07, 2013, 12:53:40 AM »
Judge says Afghanistan veterans can continue lawsuit against federal government

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Judge+says+Afghanistan+veterans+continue+lawsuit+against/8881209/story.html#ixzz2eBB1BcOX



VANCOUVER - A B.C. Supreme Court justice says current and former members of the Canadian Forces who were injured in Afghanistan can continue their class-action lawsuit against the federal government.

The lawsuit was filed last fall, with plaintiffs arguing the new Veterans Charter and the changes it brings to the compensation regime for members of the Canadian Forces violate the constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Lawyers for the Attorney General of Canada asked the court to throw out the case, arguing it had no chance of success and was not the appropriate way for the veterans to express their concerns.

Justice Gordon Weatherill dismissed the federal government's application on Friday, but also threw out three smaller arguments made by the veterans.

"This action is about promises the Canadian government made to men and women injured in service to their country and whether it is obliged to fulfil those promises," he said.

Weatherill struck an argument made by the veterans that they have been unlawfully deprived of their property rights without due process of law and contrary to the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Weatherill also struck arguments that Parliament had not scrutinized a set of rules known as the Table of Disabilities and Instructions and that the Crown owed the veterans a duty of care consistent with the social covenant.

None of the allegations have been proven in court, and the Attorney General of Canada has yet to file its response to the veterans' lawsuit.

The new Veterans Charter eliminated the lifetime disability pension for disabled soldiers and replaced it with lump-sum payments.

The veterans argue the disability payments for injured soldiers pale in comparison to awards handed out for worker's compensation claims and by civil courts for far lesser injuries in motor vehicle accidents or personal injury.

The lawsuit they filed said each received a pension and other compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs, including lump sum payments ranging from $41,000 to nearly $261,000.

The veterans include Daniel Christopher Scott, Mark Douglas Campbell, Gavin Michael, David Flett, Kevin Albert Matthew Berry, Bradley Darren Quast and Aaron Michael Bedard.

Campbell is a 32-year veteran of the Canadian Forces who served in Cyprus, Bosnia and Afghanistan.

In June 2008, Campbell, of the Edmonton-based Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, was struck by an improved explosive device and Taliban ambush.

He lost both legs above the knee, one testicle, suffered numerous lacerations and a ruptured eardrum. He has since been diagnosed with depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Campbell received a lump sum payment for pain and suffering of $260,000. He will receive his military pension, with an earnings loss benefit and a permanent impairment allowance but he is entirely unable to work and will suffer a net earnings loss due to his injuries, the lawsuit claims.

Another plaintiff soldier suffered severe injuries to his leg and foot in the blast that killed Canadian journalist Michelle Lang and four soldiers. He was awarded $200,000 in total payments for pain and suffering and post-traumatic stress.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Judge+says+Afghanistan+veterans+continue+lawsuit+against/8881209/story.html#ixzz2eBB6dgxG

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Citizens' Group Applauds Court Decision, Calls for Settlement of ‘Obscene’ Case

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Citizens' Group Applauds Court Decision, Calls for Settlement of ‘Obscene’ Case
 
St. John’s, NL - On Friday, a BC Supreme Court justice ruled that a group of veterans can sue the federal government.  The Attorney General of Canada had argued the suit should be tossed out because it had no chance of success, and that government has no duty to care for those injured or killed in service.  Justice Gordon Weatherill denied the government’s arguments, ruling, in part, “that the Crown solemnly undertook to act in the best interests of injured veterans upon their return from battle... That makes sense when one considers that it is the Canadian Forces members and veterans who fought and in many cases died and continue to fight and die for the freedom of all Canadians and the fundamental principles that all Canadian citizens treasure."[p67]  The court approved the lawsuit by 6 Afghanistan veterans, who say the lump-sum payments they received under the 2006 New Veterans Charter are inadequate.
Our Duty agrees: “One day, you are patrolling in Afghanistan, secure that, if you are injured, you will be looked after for the rest of your life,” said Jeff Rose-Martland, President of the citizens' group, “The next, you are patrolling that area, knowing the best compensation you would get wouldn’t buy a house in most markets.  You weren’t even asked if you wanted your benefits changed, weren’t given an option to quit the Forces when they were, you just got stuck with what the government handed you and sent off to dodge bullets.”
 
Our Duty notes that the New Veterans Charter was introduced as the fight in Afghanistan was heating up.  “The lump-sum award came into effect on 1 April 2006, just as the spring offensive was starting.  Six weeks later, the Harper Government announced it was sending more Canadian troops and extending the mission for at least two more years - now seven and counting,” said advocate Rose-Martland, “One month, the government is saving money by cutting benefits to injured veterans; the next month it sets out to create more injured veterans.”  Rose-Martland also notes that, of the 158 Canadian soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan, 147 died after the lump-sum payment plan was implemented.
 
Our Duty backs the veterans’ lawsuit: “We support the Equitas Society, who is fundraising to offset the legal expenses.  As citizens, we are tired of watching our government fighting our veterans in court.  These people served us, served Canada, and they should be looked after,” said the President, “The idea of wounded veterans, and families of those killed, having to go to court to get fair treatment is obscene.”

In light of the Friday decision, Our Duty is calling on the government to concede defeat. 
 
“Our government stood in court and declared that Canada doesn’t owe veterans for their sacrifices,” said Jeff Rose-Martland, “That’s not only grotesque, it’s also patently false.  Canadians know what we owe our troops; we know that we have a duty to provide for those who have sacrificed for us.  All citizens know this. 
 
“But the government argued otherwise, and used us to defend their position, saying that it can’t put the needs of veterans before taxpayers.  Why not?  We ask the Forces and RCMP to put Canada before themselves.  We put them between us and harm.  When they are harmed, it is only just that we put their needs before our own.   Fortunately, Justice Weatherill agrees with the rest of Canada and dismissed government’s argument.”
 
Rose-Martland added: “The federal government has now seen that they will lose this case, so why drag it out for another decade?  The lump-sum payment is unfair, everyone knows veterans deserve better, and Canadians would be better served if government would give in now.  The federal government should work towards fixing this mess, instead of wasting taxpayers’ money on a legal battle.  Canadians honour our veterans; we don’t fight them in court.”
 
ADDITIONAL

Our Duty has launched an online campaign confirming the social contract with the Forces and RCMP, confirming the obligation to care for those who are injured or killed in service to Canada, and demanding government cease court battles with veterans.
 
Link:
https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/government-of-canada-the-social-contract-with-veterans-exists-and-we-must-keep-our-bargain
 
Background:
 
The decision rendered by the BC Supreme Court, along with transcripts and other documents, can be found at:

http://equitassociety.ca/media
 
Le Groupe de Citoyens se réjouit de la décision de la Cour, les appels pour le règlement de l'affaire «obscène»

Saint-Jean, T.-N.-L.  -  Le vendredi, un juge de la Cour suprême de la C.-B. a jugé qu'un groupe d'anciens combattants peut poursuivre le gouvernement fédéral. Le Procureur Général du Canada avait fait valoir le costume doit être jeté dehors parce qu'il n'avait aucune chance de succès, et que le gouvernement n'a pas l'obligation de prendre soin de ceux blessés ou tués en service. Justice Gordon Weatherill a refusé arguments, la décision du gouvernement, en partie, «que la Couronne solennellement engagé   agir dans le meilleur intérêt des anciens combattants blessés   leur retour de la bataille ... C'est logique si l'on considère que ce sont les membres des Forces canadiennes et les anciens combattants qui ont combattu et dans de nombreux cas sont morts et continuent   se battre et   mourir pour la liberté de tous les Canadiens et les principes fondamentaux que tout trésor Canadien des citoyens. » [P67] La cour approuvé le procès de 6 vétérans d'Afghanistan, qui disent que les paiements forfaitaires reçus en vertu de la Nouvelle Charte des anciens combattants 2006 sont insuffisantes.
 
Notre Devoir est d'accord: «Un jour, vous êtes patrouiller en Afghanistan, sûr que, si vous êtes blessé, vous serez pris en charge pour le reste de votre vie», a déclaré Jeff Rose-Martland, président du groupe de citoyens, «La prochaine , vous êtes patrouiller cette zone, connaissant la meilleure compensation que vous obtiendriez serait pas acheter une maison dans la plupart des marchés. Vous étiez même pas demandé si vous vouliez changer vos prestations, n'ont pas eu la possibilité de quitter les Forces quand ils étaient, il vous suffit coincé avec ce que le gouvernement vous a remis et envoyé   esquiver les balles. »
 
Notre Devoir notes que la nouvelle Charte des anciens combattants a été présenté comme le combat en Afghanistan se réchauffait. «Le prix forfaitaire est entré en vigueur le 1er Avril 2006, un peu comme l'offensive de printemps commençait. Six semaines plus tard, le gouvernement Harper a annoncé qu'il envoyait des troupes canadiennes et plus l'extension de la mission pendant au moins deux ans de plus - maintenant sept ans et compter» a déclaré défenseur Rose-Martland « un mois, le gouvernement économise de l'argent en réduisant les avantages sociaux   anciens combattants blessés;. le mois prochain, il vise   créer des anciens combattants blessés plus» Rose-Martland note également que, sur les 158 soldats canadiens qui ont été tués en Afghanistan, 147 morts après le plan de paiement forfaitaire a été mis en place.
 
Notre Devoir soutient la poursuite des anciens combattants: «Nous soutenons la Société d’Equitas, qui recueille des fonds pour compenser les frais de justice. En tant que citoyens, nous sommes fatigués de voir notre gouvernement lutte de nos anciens combattants en cour. Ces personnes nous ont servi, servi le Canada, et ils devraient être pris en charge » a déclaré le Président « L'idée de vétérans blessés et les familles des personnes tuées, ayant pour aller au tribunal pour obtenir un traitement équitable est obscène » À la lumière de la décision de vendredi est de notre devoir appelle le gouvernement   reconnaître sa défaite. «Notre gouvernement se tenait dans la cour et a déclaré que le Canada ne devait pas les anciens combattants pour leurs sacrifices» a déclaré Jeff Rose-Martland «Ce n'est pas seulement grotesque, c'est aussi manifestement fausse. Les Canadiens savent que nous devons   nos troupes, nous savons que nous avons le devoir de fournir   ceux qui se sont sacrifiés pour nous. Tous les citoyens le savent »
 
«Mais le gouvernement a fait valoir autrement, et utilisé nous pour défendre leur position, en disant qu'il ne peut pas mettre les besoins des anciens combattants avant contribuables. Pourquoi pas? Nous demandons aux Forces Canadiennes et de la GRC de mettre Canada avant eux-mêmes. Nous les mettons entre nous et le mal. Quand ils sont lésés, il est juste que nous mettons   leurs besoins avant les nôtres. Heureusement, le juge Weatherill est d'accord avec le reste du Canada et a rejeté l'argument du gouvernement »
 
Rose-Martland a ajouté: «Le gouvernement fédéral a maintenant vu qu'ils perdront ce cas, pourquoi faites-le glisser pour une autre décennie? Le paiement forfaitaire est injuste, tout le monde sait anciens combattants méritent mieux, et les Canadiens seraient mieux servis si le gouvernement donnerait maintenant. Le gouvernement fédéral devrait travailler   la fixation de ce gâchis, au lieu de gaspiller l'argent des contribuables sur une bataille juridique. Canadiens honorer nos anciens combattants, nous ne nous battons pas en cour »
 
COMPLÉMENTAIRES
 
Notre devoir a lancé une campagne en ligne confirmant le contrat social avec les Forces et de la GRC, ce qui confirme l'obligation de prendre soin de ceux qui sont blessés ou tués en service au Canada, et exigeant gouvernement cesse batailles judiciaires avec les anciens combattants.
 
link:
https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/gouvernement-du-canada-le-contrat-social-avec-les-anciens-combattants-existe-et-nous-devons-garder-notre-affaire
 
Contexte:
 
La décision rendue par la Cour suprême de la C.-B., ainsi que les transcriptions et autres documents, peuvent être consultés   l'adresse:  http://equitassociety.ca/media
 
 
MEDIA CONTACT / PERSONNE-RESSOURCE
Jeff Rose-Martland (anglais seulement)
President, Our Duty Inc
exec@ourduty.org


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Our Duty is a citizens' organization dedicated to ensuring Canada's veterans receive proper pension and benefits.  For more info, contact exec@ourduty.org

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Equitas: Aaron Bedard and Howard Leduc, discuss the effects of the NVC (CKNW)
« Reply #35 on: September 13, 2013, 06:03:48 PM »
Aaron Bedard, Equitas plaintiff and Howard Leduc, Director/Spokeperson for Equitas Society as they discuss the effects of the NVC

http://www.cknw.com/the-simi-sara-show/
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Equitas: Court hearing transcript Highlights
« Reply #36 on: September 13, 2013, 06:42:17 PM »
From: Harold Leduc [mailto:duke@hkpdesign.com]
Sent: September-10-13 4:47 PM
To:
Subject: Court hearing transcript highlights

Good day all,

For the widest possible distribution please.

Jim Scott of Equitas has asked me to distribute the attached copy of the Court transcript highlights to help identify the Government's position advanced by their lawyers during the recent court hearing. The page numbers on the attached document coincide with the pages in the full transcript which can be found along with other related documents on the Equitas Society (ES) website at http://equitassociety.ca/legal-action

The ES media release, the first entry on the same website provides the main points of the recent Court decision.

I've accepted Jim's invitation to join the Equitas Board of Directors and act as their spokesperson to add additional depth to their team as the lawsuit progresses. To avoid any confusion or potential conflict of interest with my activities on unifying the veterans community, I will ensure to identify when I've been asked to say something on behalf of Equitas.

Other than that, it's business as usual. The quest to find former Generals to form a strategic planning committee is progressing slowly forward. Remember to forward the names and contact information of former Generals you know who may be interested.

It will be interesting to hear your comments on the Government's position from the official transcripts.

In solidarity,

Harold









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Government of Canada Appeal of the Scott et al. Proposed Class Action
« Reply #37 on: October 02, 2013, 05:38:59 PM »
Veterans Affairs Canada
News Release
October 2, 2013

Government of Canada Appeal of the Scott et al. Proposed Class Action

Ottawa – The following was issued today regarding the Scott et al. v.
Attorney General of Canada proposed class action:

On September 6, 2013, the Honourable Mr. Justice Gordon Weatherill released his ruling on the Attorney General of Canada’s Motion to Strike the Notice of Civil Claim filed by the Plaintiffs’ counsel in the Scott et al. v. Attorney General of Canada proposed class action.

The Plaintiffs argue that the promises of past governments are binding on present and future governments. While this may sound reasonable, their argument could have a far broader impact than perhaps intended by the Plaintiffs. If accepted, this principle could undermine democratic accountability as parliamentarians of the future could be prevented from changing important legislation, including the sort of changes that some Veterans would like to see to the New Veterans Charter.

We are therefore appealing Justice Weatherill’s decision, as this case is not the proper vehicle for addressing the very real concerns of Veterans.

“My recent commitment to proceed with a comprehensive review of the New Veterans Charter by elected officials, in our Parliament, will provide the appropriate forum where all voices can be heard, including those of the Plaintiffs, Veterans, family members, other interested individuals and subject matter experts,” said the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs. “That is where we can work together on appropriate change for Veterans and their families.”
 
Veterans Affairs Canada’s support and services offer the right care at the right time to achieve the best results for Veterans and their families. Find out more at veterans.gc.ca.

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Media inquiries:
Janice Summerby
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
613-992-7468    

Joshua Zanin
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
613-996-4649


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Legion calls Conservative position in defending veterans lawsuit 'reprehensible'

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/legion-calls-conservative-position-in-defending-veterans-lawsuit-reprehensible-1.1486840#ixzz2h3kXhNgJ



The Canadian Press
Published Monday, October 7, 2013 12:22PM EDT

OTTAWA -- The Conservative government is facing a revolt among veterans groups for claiming it is not bound by the promises of previous governments in the care of wounded soldiers.

The Royal Canadian Legion is describing the government's position as "reprehensible."

The government, which intends to defend against a class-action lawsuit by veterans of the war in Afghanistan, says it's unfair to bind current and future governments to promises that date back to the First World War.

Just before the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917, then-prime minister Robert Borden said it was the government's "first duty" to acknowledge the sacrifices of soldiers and ensure care for the wounded.

Gordon Moore, the legion's Dominion president, says the Conservative government is trying to shed its decades-old moral commitment to troops who defend the country -- something that could affect future conflicts.

Moore says care varies widely between regular force and reserve veterans in Canada, which is why the legion is pushing for a universal standard for the wounded and injured.

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Equitas Awareness Seminar, November 6th- 2013 - Col. Michel Drapeau Ret
« Reply #39 on: November 25, 2013, 07:16:38 AM »
Equitas Awareness Seminar, November 6th- 2013 - Col. Michel Drapeau Ret


Greetings from Niagara. My Name is Michael L Blais CD, I am the president and founder of the Canadians Veterans Advocacy. First, permit me to thank Ministers' Fantino and Nicholson, Peter Stoffer, Sylvain Chicoinne, Mr Trudeau, Jim Karygianiss, Senator Dallaire and the Liberal Caucus for welcoming the CVA team and supportive veterans over the course of the week. We are grateful to have the opportunity to speak to the issues confronting our serving members, memorial cross recipients, wounded and injured veterans as well as participating with you in a variety of Remembrance Day services/events.

Many parliamentarians expressed an interest in attending the Equitas Awareness Seminar the Canadian Veterans Advocacy organized for the 6th of November but as a consequence of a House vote called very near the same time, were not able to attend. I would thank those that sent apology notes and assure you that I understand the nation's business is a priority to be embraced, not ignored. However, we anticipated something might occur to affect MP's attendance and recorded the entire event for such a contingency and of course, to engage and apprise Canadian veterans and the general public through the CVA Communications network.

Colonel Michel Drapeau consented to our request to provide an unbiased, understandable presentation about the Equitas Society and the quest they have embarked on on behalf of the wounded in respect to the the New Veterans Charter's Lump Sum Award provisions. I have placed Col Drapeaus clips at the head of the cue for your perusal as I know your time is valuable. The entire evening is below and in order. Sean Bruyea provides a magnificent presention on the New Veterans Charter and Laurie Hawn, Peter Stoffer and Jim Karygiannis spoke to their party's respective positions.

I would encourage you to watch the videos and should require any answers to queries, please feel free to contact us or arrange an appointment with myself and the Canadian Veterans Advocacy  team when we are in Ottawa advocating on behalf of veterans.

Sincerely


Michael L Blais CD
President-Founder, Canadian Veterans Advocacy   
905-357-3306 // 905-359-4297
Retired Colonel and esteemed barrister Michel Drapeau
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj_wxjkxQN8&feature=youtu.be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWVHZfP-Wa0&feature=youtu.be

Entire evening

http://youtu.be/e7ylWLPT1j8
http://youtu.be/TBIxZ3trSg4
http://youtu.be/wj_wxjkxQN8
http://youtu.be/rWVHZfP-Wa0
http://youtu.be/VXyhSyXXCjc
http://youtu.be/_N6gmZc2gnE
http://youtu.be/zj7X8Pqy5Co
http://youtu.be/eOLqscseaU0
http://youtu.be/PNKjAKFIjM8
http://youtu.be/FnE9XS8wBpw
http://youtu.be/UYYB1zwaA9M
http://youtu.be/77XbNdmGa7Y

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Re: Equitas Notice of Civil Claim Attorney General of Canada
« Reply #40 on: November 25, 2013, 02:47:30 PM »
Are these type of meetings open to the public, IE: Veterans?
If so, is there a way to be notified of such?

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Equitas Awareness Seminar, November 6th- 2013 - Col. Michel Drapeau Ret
« Reply #41 on: November 29, 2013, 06:40:58 AM »
Equitas Awareness Seminar, November 6th- 2013 - Col. Michel Drapeau Ret


Greetings from Niagara. My Name is Michael L Blais CD, I am the president and founder of the Canadians Veterans Advocacy. First, permit me to thank Ministers' Fantino and Nicholson, Peter Stoffer, Sylvain Chicoinne, Mr Trudeau, Jim Karygianiss, Senator Dallaire and the Liberal Caucus for welcoming the CVA team and supportive veterans over the course of the week. We are grateful to have the opportunity to speak to the issues confronting our serving members, memorial cross recipients, wounded and injured veterans as well as participating with you in a variety of Remembrance Day services/events.

Many parliamentarians expressed an interest in attending the Equitas Awareness Seminar the Canadian Veterans Advocacy organized for the 6th of November but as a consequence of a House vote called very near the same time, were not able to attend. I would thank those that sent apology notes and assure you that I understand the nation's business is a priority to be embraced, not ignored. However, we anticipated something might occur to affect MP's attendance and recorded the entire event for such a contingency and of course, to engage and apprise Canadian veterans and the general public through the CVA Communications network.

Colonel Michel Drapeau consented to our request to provide an unbiased, understandable presentation about the Equitas Society and the quest they have embarked on on behalf of the wounded in respect to the the New Veterans Charter's Lump Sum Award provisions. I have placed Col Drapeaus clips at the head of the cue for your perusal as I know your time is valuable. The entire evening is below and in order. Sean Bruyea provides a magnificent presention on the New Veterans Charter and Laurie Hawn, Peter Stoffer and Jim Karygiannis spoke to their party's respective positions.

I would encourage you to watch the videos and should require any answers to queries, please feel free to contact us or arrange an appointment with myself and the Canadian Veterans Advocacy  team when we are in Ottawa advocating on behalf of veterans.

Sincerely


Michael L Blais CD
President-Founder, Canadian Veterans Advocacy   
905-357-3306 // 905-359-4297
Retired Colonel and esteemed barrister Michel Drapeau
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj_wxjkxQN8&feature=youtu.be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWVHZfP-Wa0&feature=youtu.be

Entire evening

http://youtu.be/e7ylWLPT1j8
http://youtu.be/TBIxZ3trSg4
http://youtu.be/wj_wxjkxQN8
http://youtu.be/rWVHZfP-Wa0
http://youtu.be/VXyhSyXXCjc
http://youtu.be/_N6gmZc2gnE
http://youtu.be/zj7X8Pqy5Co
http://youtu.be/eOLqscseaU0
http://youtu.be/PNKjAKFIjM8
http://youtu.be/FnE9XS8wBpw
http://youtu.be/UYYB1zwaA9M
http://youtu.be/77XbNdmGa7Y

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Equitas Notice of Civil Claim Attorney General of Canada MOVES FORWARD
« Reply #42 on: December 04, 2013, 10:00:34 AM »
From: Harold Leduc [mailto:duke@hkpdesign.com]
Sent: December-03-13 11:13 PM
To: Veterans Community
Subject: Class action lawsuit moves forward

Good day all,

For the widest possible distribution including social media, please.

Good news, Justice Weatherill of the Supreme Court of British Columbia has recently ordered the class action lawsuit pursued by Miller Thompson on behalf of the six plaintiff's to go forward despite the appeal. This means that Government's appeal will be dealt with concurrent to the main lawsuit and Government lawyers are required to have their statement of defence submitted to the Court by the end of January 2014.

More to follow,

Harold

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Equitas Awareness Seminar, Col. Michel Drapeau Ret - The Key points
« Reply #43 on: December 07, 2013, 11:15:21 AM »
[pdf]http://mdlo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Equitas-Lawsuit.-The-key-points.pdf[/pdf]

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quitas Society discusses reasons for lawsuit against Veterans Affairs
« Reply #44 on: December 15, 2013, 10:11:51 PM »
Equitas Society discusses reasons for lawsuit against Veterans Affairs

Liberal veterans affairs critic Jim Karygiannis held a press conference Tuesday with veterans involved in the Equitas Society lawsuit against the government for full disability benefits.

http://globalnews.ca/video/1020871/equitas-society-discusses-reasons-for-lawsuit-against-veterans-affairs/