If you have friends that are sympathetic to veterans plight, please forward this message to them. There is very little time to organize a reception for Minister Blackburn and any help you can provide wopuld be greatly appreciated.
Canadian Veterans Advocacy – WARNING ORDER! Attention Halifax Veterans
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It has come to my attention the Veterans Affairs Minister Jean Pierre Blackburn will be in Halifax on the 12th of January. He will be making a presentation to the Nova Scotia Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs about the inadequate proposals to correct the deficiencies, of which there are many, within the New Veterans Charter. The event will be held at the Legislative Committees Office, Committee Room One, Third Floor, Dennis Building, 1740 Granville Street in Halifax between 9 and 11 AM.
This is an ideal opportunity for veterans in the Halifax area to continue their collective advocacy to rectify the plight our disabled serving soldiers are confronting through the disrespectful lump sum award and the issues that are confronting all generations of veterans today. I would encourage you to focus on the five principles Canadian veterans protested over during the Canadian Veterans National Day of Protest on November 6, 2011. It is our duty to stand up for those who cannot speak, Canada sons and daughters who serve today and it is our right to peacefully assemble in order to continue our protest against the dishonourable manner our government has abandoned their lifetime obligation to those veterans who have been injured during the course of their duty.
This meeting is open to the public and as such I also hope to ensure that the public galleries are well attended by veterans who understand the issues and are capable of addressing the inadequate measures Minister Blackburn will undoubtedly present.
Our duty is clear. The lump sum must be abolished and replaced with the honourable, LIFE TIME standard that served veterans prior to 2006. The widows tax must be repealed. The government must be encouraged, particularly now that the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in veterans favour reference the SISIP class action suit , to accept their responsibility to the 6500 veterans they have profoundly disrespected by denying, at great expense, the justice these veterans deserve. We must insist that all veterans exposed to Agent Orange are compensated, not those who identified in a seven day restricted period between 1966 and 1967. We must bring the government to account for allowing Bill C101 to fail after being passed in the House of Commons. This bill would've relieved the reduction in pension veterans experience upon reaching age 65. And let us not forget, the homeless veterans, those requiring the assistance of food banks to survive, the disabled vets who are living in poverty as a consequence of the New Veterans Charter.
Our fight is just! Only through uniting as veterans and Canadians who support their troops can we effect change. On January 12, 2011 between nine and 11, let us unite as patriots to stand up for our troops and our veterans.
Michael L Blais CD
Founder, Canadian Veterans Advocacy