Veterans Give Thanks as Mathyssen Fights to Keep Legion Open
October 26th, 2009 - 5:11am
LONDON – Members of the Duchess of Kent Legion were joined today by nearly one hundred veterans living in residence at Parkwood Hospital for a special Thanksgiving lunch with turkey and all the traditional thanksgiving trimmings. At the invitation of the Legion, NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) attended the lunch, bringing greetings from parliament and sharing her thanks for all the veterans have sacrificed for our country.
Mathyssen also brought welcome news to the Legion executive that the Minister of National Revenue, Jean-Pierre Blackburn (Jonquière—Alma), has responded to her letter of September 10th, requesting the remission of the Legion’s tax debt. While the Minister has not committed to approve the remission, he did agree to review the request.
“While we do not yet have a positive resolution, the debt for the Duchess of Kent has been moved out of active collections for the time being, which is a positive first step. I am encouraged by the fact that for the first time in nearly three years—and having written now to three different Ministers—the government has actually responded. I am confident that if the Minister gives this file an honest review, he will grant the remission order,” says Mathyssen. “The Duchess of Kent debt with Canada Revenue is the result of a criminal act, it is through no fault of their own. Through interest and penalty charges, the Legion has already repaid the debt more than twice over without making a dent in the principle. It is past time to cut through the jargon and rhetoric and demonstrate honest support for our veterans by forgiving the outstanding debt completely.”
Mathyssen continues to receive constituent petitions calling on the Minister to grant the remission order, and says she will continue to table these in the House of Commons until the issue is resolved. Copies of the petition are available through Mathyssen’s office or online at: http://irenemathyssen.ndp.ca/node/815.