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2nd CANADIAN VETERANS
NATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST


Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at 1100hrs

PARLIAMENT HILL, OTTAWA

and various locations across the country

Once again, Canada's veterans and patriots who stand on guard for Canada's sons and daughters serving in uniform have been called to publicly demonstrate our profound displeasure over the Canadian government's lack of substantive reform to the New Veterans Charter.

VAC BUDGET CUTS

Two things of critical importance have transpired recently: first, the announcement at the June VAC stakeholders advisory committee's that the department's operating budget was facing a five to ten percent cut as a part of the government's debt reduction approach, even though we are still at a state of conflict in Afghanistan and more Afghan and peacekeeping era veterans are turning for assistance to Veterans Affairs Canada. The Canadian Veterans Advocacy believes there should be NO CUTS at Veterans Affairs Canada when this nation is engaged in war, that the ministry responsible for our war disabled should be immune to any government debt reduction programs and provided the full resources to focus entirely on the welfare of our wounded warriors.

VISIT THE DISCUSSION FORUM to learn more and access the latest Situational Reports for the protest nearest you.

WATCH VIDEOS from the 2010 Canadian Veterans National Day of Protest.

"ENHANCED" NVC

The second alarming issue relates to the much heralded Bill C-55 and the $2 billion of relief promised last autumn prior to the 1st Canadian Veterans National Day of Protest. As oft times reported, this substantial amount reflected an urgent and dire need for many veterans, tacit recognition that the New Veterans Charter has proven to be an abject failure. Minister Blaney recently announced the precise nature of the regulatory issues inherent with Bill C-55's legislative enhancements, revelations that were promptly lambasted by prominent veterans advocate Sean Bruyea and former Veterans Ombudsman Patrick Stogran, who dismissed the Bill as Smoke and Mirrors. It is important to note that the $2 billion is spread over the lifetime of the projected enhancements, with an acknowledged 189, PRE TAX, spread over the first five year. Concurrently, the government is ordered a 5-10 percent cut to VAC's $3 billion-plus budget. Smoke...mirrors? You decide! But when you do so, remember, Canada has just sustained five years of hard combat, 157 dead and hundreds upon hundreds of wounded. Over six hundred of our brothers and sisters are serving on the Libyan front and many others have been deployed across the globe in various capacities on behalf of Canada. How long will it be before our troops are engaged in peacekeeping/making Somalia, Libya, or the Sudan?

FINANCIAL SUPPORT ENDS AT AGE 65

Furthermore, none of the enhancements provided through Bill C-55 recognize the fact that our veterans will require financial support after they reach the age of 65. Pain and suffering does not disappear when our wounded warriors reach mandatory retirement age. Unlike the support offered prior to 2006, most of C-55's enhancements are fully taxed and as such, tens of millions of dollars will be clawed back in the form of taxation on the disabled veterans a disability award. Provincial disability pensions are not taxed, nor are VAC pensions prior to 2006? Why should our Afghan war wounded not be accorded the same status?

VETERANS RECOMMENDATIONS IGNORED

I would also remind veterans that Bill C-55 addressed ONLY a handful of recommendations out of hundreds proposed by the veterans stakeholder advisory groups. Equally disappointing is the fact that Bill C-55's regulatory changes are NOT retroactive for the twenty-three hundred veterans, whose plight has certainly highlighted the consequences of the New Veterans Charter and necessitated a need for assurances merely to provide an existence slightly above the poverty level. Be advised, this was a regulatory issue, not a component of Bill C-55! Be advised that not only are these regulatory changes NOT retroactive, they are fully taxed!

VISIT THE DISCUSSION FORUM to learn more and access the latest Situational Reports for the protest nearest you.

WATCH VIDEOS from the 2010 Canadian Veterans National Day of Protest.

UNIVERSALITY OF SERVICE – BROKEN PROMISES

Those currently serving who cannot meet the standard physical standards will be released three years after the final determination is made, consequently, hundreds of our most seriously injured brothers and sisters will be soon be prey to the unjust Lump Sum Award policy. My Regiment, The RCR, is currently tracking over 180 Afghanistan War combat injured and another 60 plus NCIs (Non-Combat Injuries), numbers, considering the prolonged intensity of the combat, the PPCLI and Vandoo's most likely have sustained an equal number of casualties. These are the men and women who will be the victims of the New Veterans Charter, they are the armless, legless, blind, deaf, those who have suffered terrible physical and mental consequences, those who did not return from Afghanistan and elsewhere across the globe to Canada, their families and brothers/sisters in arms as the vibrant young men and women who deployed a lifetime ago.

It is OUR DUTY as veterans, as Canadian patriots, as soldiers, airmen, sailors, law-enforcement officers, Mounties… to stand on guard for this generation of Canadians warriors as they now stand on guard for us and all Canadians. When the valiant are being subject to lesser standard then that of which has been provided to our generation, what choice do we have but to speak out, to fight to ensure our voices are heard!

ONE VETERAN, ONE STANDARD!

It matters not what era, what branch, or where you served, what matters that all veterans are treated with the same dignified standard established by decades of veterans advocacy and reflected in the respectful life-time obligation of the Pension Act prior to the enactment of the New Veterans Charter in 2006.

Veterans and patriots must, independent yet unified under common cause, stand together on behalf of those who serve today! We must take definitive action, use every democratic resource at our collective command to inform the Canadian people of the serious hardships of our disabled veterans and their families have been subject to and seek their support. Only then will the government implements the reforms necessary to return the dignified, life time quality of life all of Canada's wounded warriors so richly deserve.

The recommendations of the traditional veterans stakeholders advisory committee's, undoubtedly offered in good faith, have been ignored. Most recently Patricia Varga, Royal Canadian Legion Dominion president, accused the Harper Government of discrimination against thousands of non-Afghanistan war veterans who, through Bill C-55's enhancements, are not entitled the same standard of care as those who served in Afghanistan. With the Royal Canadian Legion have encouraged its vast membership to contact members of the opposition prior to the last election to encourage them to pass Bill C55 had they known that the veterans from World War II, Korea, a dozen bloody peacekeeping missions, former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan until 2006 would be excluded? Does this not cast doubt upon the entire New Veterans Charter Advisory Committee and the impact the traditional stakeholders have had since 2006 when a majority supported the enact New Veterans Charter?

VISIT THE DISCUSSION FORUM to learn more and access the latest Situational Reports for the protest nearest you.

WATCH VIDEOS from the 2010 Canadian Veterans National Day of Protest.

The Canadian Veterans Advocacy believes there should be only one standard for all veterans, and that's that standard was established in blood and profound sacrifice at Ortona, Juno Beach, Kapyong...

Do you share these beliefs?

Are you willing, as a proud Canadian, independent and free, to stand now for those who stand on guard for thee?

Let there be no doubt: Canadian veterans who served in Afghanistan bleed the same as those who fought in Korea and in World War II, they have seen the obscene bitterness of war as those who served in former Yugoslavia and many peacekeeping missions, they suffer the harsh, life-altering consequences of amputation, trauma, fractures, brain injuries, PTSD, OSIs… Surely, they deserve the same standard of compensation and dignified treatment as was abandoned in 2006 for the rest of their lives!

NOVEMBER 4th, PROTEST AT VAC HQ, CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI

On Friday, November 4, the first protest action will take place in front of Veterans Affairs Canada HQ, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. This will be an honourable demonstration designed not to disrespect employees and management at Veterans Affairs Canada, but to draw public attention to the plight of our wounded warriors to the public attention by assembling at this cornerstone building. I would encourage those who are living within driving range (300 km radius) to attempt to participate in this event as this year, numbers will be important. Capt. Sandy Brace (ret) has volunteered to be team leader again this year and relevant information will be posted on the Canadian Veterans Advocacy Forum where each team leader has a dedicated page.

VISIT THE DISCUSSION FORUM to learn more and access the latest Situational Reports for the protest nearest you.

WATCH VIDEOS from the 2010 Canadian Veterans National Day of Protest.

NOVEMBER 5th, PROTEST ON PARLIAMENT HILL, OTTAWA

The CVNDOP2 National Protest will be held on Parliament Hill at 1100 hrs. a.m., Saturday, November 5th, 2011. Prominent veterans advocates have been invited to speak to the injustices and inadequate levels of respect our veterans are confronting today. Once again, I am encouraging all patriotic Canadians within a reasonable distance to join us for a Veteran pilgrimage to Parliament Hill in order that we might, through our collective voices, demonstrate to our government that Canadians support our troops and the incredible sacrifice they have made on behalf of this nation for the past decade. Together, let us ensure that those who serve today are accorded the same standard of respect and privilege as those who serve on the fields of France and Belgium during the First World War, who fought through Sicily and Italy, who liberated France and Holland, who stood fast in some of the bloodiest battles in Korea, who brought peace… Let us stand together to ensure this government embraces it moral obligation to treat all veterans with equal respect.

Stand To! Answer the Patriots Call.

Pro Patria Semper Fidelis

Michael L Blais CD
Founder-President
Canadian Veterans Advocacy.