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The honour of the Crown

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In a recent Supreme Court of a Canada case, MMF v. R, the applicants successfully convinced the high court that the failure to fully and quickly implement the Manitoba Act was a failure that impacted the honour of the Crown.

In a BC Superior Court case between veterans and the crown, where the vets are (rightly in my mind) attacking the new Veterans Charter of 2005. The main argument is that the new legislation provides for benefits that are below that of the BC WCB, and therefore the Crown has failed in its duty of honour to Veterans. The Crown’s counter was that there is no duty, for the Crown’s obligation was discharged through the Veterans Charter.

I’ve written before about the difference between my (pre-2005) Veterans benefits and those received under the new charter. My relatively low impairment rating compared with a double amputee from Afghanistan leads to a lifetime benefit of almost double the Afghan vet. That’s outrageous. Not to minimize my chronic pain, but I still have two mostly functional legs.

There is only one reason that lifetime pensions were done away with, and that was to save money. A similar thing happened in the WCB world in the 1990s. Using an actuarial calculation, you can rationalize that a smaller amount up front is an equivalent benefit, and maybe that’s true for a person with an diminished earning capacity. The pension becomes a true ‘pain and suffering’ payment, and not something necessary to live on. In the case with a vet with profound injuries, I suspect that ‘big’ up front payment is quickly consumed in living expenses, and the actuarial benefits aren’t realized.

I saw today this bit from the UK, it’s covenant with the military.

The Armed Forces Covenant
An Enduring Covenant Between The People of the United Kingdom,
Her Majesty’s Government, and all those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the Crown, and their Families

The first duty of Government is the defence of the realm. Our Armed
Forces fulfil that responsibility on behalf of the Government, sacrificing
some civilian freedoms, facing danger and, sometimes, suffering
serious injury or death as a result of their duty. Families also play a vital
role in supporting the operational effectiveness of our Armed Forces.

In return, the whole nation has a moral obligation to the members of
the Naval Service, the Army and the Royal Air Force, together with their
families. They deserve our respect and support, and fair treatment.

Those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether Regular or Reserve,
those who have served in the past, and their families, should face no
disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public
and commercial services. Special consideration is appropriate in some
cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured
and the bereaved.

This obligation involves the whole of society: it includes voluntary
and charitable bodies, private organisations, and the actions of
individuals in supporting the Armed Forces. Recognising those who
have performed military duty unites the country and demonstrates
the value of their contribution. This has no greater expression than in
upholding this Covenant.”

When I get a moment I’ll wrap this up in a letter to the Minster of Veterans Affairs and my MP.


Written by sameo416

March 23, 2014 at 9:23 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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