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.