OTTAWA, ON – In light of a recent decision made by the Trudeau government without notice, Canadian Armed Forces members who are injured in the line of duty are seeing their benefits and allowances significantly cut. These changes could cost individual members and their families more than $23,000 per year.
In response, James Bezan, Shadow Minister for National Defence, issued the following statement:
“Justin Trudeau needs money to pay for his billion-dollar deficits, but instead of cracking down on rich Liberal insiders, he is clawing back pay from our brave men and women who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces. This new Liberal policy literally adds insult to injury.
“Unfortunately, this is not the first time the Liberal government has tried to pinch pennies by making cuts to the benefits and allowances awarded to members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Last year, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan cancelled tax relief measures for Canadian troops deployed in the fight against ISIS.
“Not only does this policy change place a significant financial burden on members of the Canadian Armed Forces, it discourages individuals from coming forward with physical and mental health injuries. Justin Trudeau should be doing everything in his power to support our troops who put themselves in harm’s way to defend our country, yet he chooses instead to cut their pay and benefits.
“This is another shameless and mean-spirited attempt by the Liberal government to make life more difficult for our brave men and women in uniform. The Conservative Party calls on the Trudeau government to take immediate action, reverse this policy, and ensure our soldiers are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.”