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Eliminate the marriage after 60 clause.

Liberal Platform Page 51 October 5, 2015
Sep 2019

Parliament dissolved

September 11, 2019

Bill C-397 never progressed past its first reading.

Mar 2019

Vets groups unimpressed with ‘apples and oranges’ fix to gold-digger clause in budget

iPolitics March 20, 2019

Representatives of multiple organizations that advocate for veterans aren’t impressed with the government’s workaround to fixing the “gold-digger clause” that was announced in the budget Tuesday. The gold-digger clause, as its often called, excludes the spouse of a veteran from receiving the typical pension and benefits associated with being a veteran’s spouse if they married after 60 years old.

Called “disappointing,” a “stopgap,” and merely a “start” by representatives of organizations that advocate for veterans, the government’s solution to a campaign promise appears to come up short. In their platform in 2015, the Liberals promised to “eliminate” the marriage-after-60 clause, to ensure all spouses of veterans receive appropriate pension and benefits. Eliminating the clause was also put into the mandate letters of the five veterans affairs members who have served under the Trudeau government.

The budget promises a new “Veterans Survivors Fund” administered by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC). [...] “(The Veterans Survivors Fund) is not making that go away, it’s implementing something else,” Royal Canadian Legion national executive director Brad White said. The legion is a national veterans’ advocacy group.”

Feb 2018

Why some say Canada’s 'gold-digger' legislation needs to go

CBC News February 23, 2018

The initial idea of the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act, which was enacted at the turn of the 20th century, was to prevent women from marrying veterans on their deathbeds in order to collect their pensions, said London-Fanshawe NDP MP Irene Mathyssen, who called the legislation "archaic."

Mathyssen’s new private member’s bill, An Act to amend certain Acts in relation to survivor pension benefits, would do away with the after-60 clawback for spouses of military veterans and other public servants — something she said is long overdue.

Eliminating the after-60 clause is also a part of Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan’s mandate.

Interestingly enough, this bill (Bill C-397) has been initiated by an NDP Member of Parliament and not by the ruling Liberal party, even though this was one of their promises. Because there’s a bill on the table, this promise is now marked as being in progress. Since the Liberals have a majority, it will only pass if they let it, hence fulfilling the promise if/when they do, even though it was initiated by the member of another party.