Question Period: Fair Compensation for Injured Veterans

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the government's lump sum payment plan for injured veterans has proved to be a failure. In some cases, injured vets get only 10% of what they have received through the courts or workers compensation. That is the reason Canadian Forces members who are injured in the line of duty may have to launch a class action lawsuit against the government. Imagine, after risking everything for one's country, having to fight the government in court to get a fair pension.

When will the Conservatives change the lump sum formula to ensure veterans get the pensions they deserve?

Hon. Steven Blaney (Minister of Veterans Affairs, CPC): Mr. Speaker, it is clear that after years of neglect, this government, under the leadership of our Prime Minister, has taken unprecedented steps to improve the benefits of our veterans. As the member is well aware, the disability award is one of the many benefits that our veterans are getting, whether from Veterans Affairs Canada or DND. If veterans who are seriously ill and injured, they can get as much as $500,000 and $50,000 a year. Why? Because our objective is to help them transition into civilian life.