Question Period: Will the Government Keep the Promise of Full Pensions for Veterans?
November 10th, 2017 - 10:35am
Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the current government has repeatedly promised to bring back veterans pensions, yet it continues to deny that it owes a sacred obligation to our veterans. In fact, the Liberals hired the same lawyers as the Conservatives before them and have taken these veterans right back to court—so much for the words.
The Prime Minister has a choice. Will he keep his promise and bring back the full pension or will he continue to deny the sacred obligation we owe Canada's veterans?
Mr. Marc Miller (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, to be clear, we did not take these veterans to court. The Equitas litigation deals with issues that are addressed in the minister's mandate, including re-establishing lifelong pensions as an option. Unlike the Conservatives across the way, we could have addressed their concerns while in office. However, we will deliver on our promise of a pension for life.