Sécurité Anciens combattants

Éliminer le droit de récupération s’appliquant au mariage après 60 ans.

Plate-forme libérale Page 57 October 5, 2015
Brisée
Sep 2019

Parlement dissous

September 11, 2019

Le projet de loi C-397 n'a jamais progressé plus loin que sa première lecture.

Mar 2019

(en anglais) 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

(en anglais) 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.

Il est intéressant de noter que ce projet de loi (projet de loi C-397) a été initié par une députée néo-démocratique (NPD) et non pas par le parti libéral présentement au pouvoir, bien qu’il s'agit de l’une de leurs promesses. Parce qu’un projet de loi est maintenant sur la table, cette promesse est marquée comme étant en cours. Puisque les libéraux détiennent une majorité en chambre, ce projet de loi ne passera que s’ils y consentent, ce qui réalisera cette promesse si/quand ils le feront, même si le processus a été initié par un membre d’un autre parti.