Battle with Ottawa over pensions for wounded veterans continues as Vimy glory relived

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 02:59:22 PM. While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was honouring veterans of the First World War, some veterans at home took to social media to express their frustration that the Liberal government is fighting a class-action suit that aims to improve benefits for those wounded in Afghanistan.
The sleepy plains and chalky ridges east of Arras, France, where thousands of Canadians fought and died 100 years ago, may seem a world away from the politics of Ottawa, but it wasn't on Sunday. Prime ministers, presidents, princes, soldiers, schoolchildren and descendents of those who fought at Vimy Ridge gathered at the foot of the country's soaring memorial to mark the centennial since the sacrifice. Back home, however, some veterans of subsequent wars took to social media to express their frustration the Liberal government has yet to live up to a key 2015 campaign promise of returning them to a system of lifetime pensions, as opposed to lump sum payments. A class-action lawsuit brought by former soldiers claims they are being discriminated against because the current system is not as generous as the one set up for troops who returned from Vimy and the First World War. (Murray Brewster/CBC News) "I find it ironic that they're celebrating the Battle of Vimy Ridge when they're also fighting veterans in court," Glen Kirkland, a former corporal wounded in Kandahar in 2008, said in an interview with CBC News from his home in Manitoba. He is referring a class-action lawsuit brought by former soldiers from the Afghanistan War, who claim they are being discriminated against because the current system is not as generous as the one set up for troops who returned from Vimy and the First World War. "They've made promises and they're not living up to them. They have to bring back the...Read more
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