William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

(The New Friggin Guy and the National Democratic Party)

Oh I have roared and I have soared and I’ve jumped out of planes.
It is a fact they’ll stab your back again, and again in claw back pain.
‘Twas the NFG against the NDP, debating SISIP’s claw back validity:
Being a sport he could not retort because the case was still in court?

He never answered the question when it was put to him.
Why spend so much taxpayer’s money against veterans to win?
VAC and DND, the Conservative Government, and the NDP
Profess to support Canadian Veterans in this land of the free.

The Tory Boss voted against C-201 after our three readings were won.
This SISIPP Insurance Company, that’s really a simple explanation.
Making the big bucks off the backs of the Forces of our great Nation.
Holding the policy, it’s a mess, yes, you guess, it’s our very own CDS.

Unedited copy – not official until printed

Speaker: Mr. Stoffer
Take: 17
Time: 30/09/2011 11:26:46
Context: Question

Mr. Peter Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore, NDP): Mr. Speaker, for several years now 6,800 veterans who are disabled have been fighting the government over what is called “assisted benefit reduction”. Two DND ombudsmen have said this is unfair. The veterans committee, the Senate committee and the House all voted to change this practice.

Why is the government spending over half a million dollars of hard-earned money fighting these disabled veterans in court? Why does the government not stop the court proceedings, deal with these veterans and reach a comparable settlement?

Mr. Chris Alexander (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, CPC): Mr. Speaker, injured personnel in the Canadian Forces are covered by a long-term disability insurance plan similar to the RCMP and other public servants. The members are also eligible, as the member well knows, for a Veterans Affairs Canada disability award of up to $270,000 under the new veterans charter, as well as accidental dismemberment benefit of up to $250,000 under the Canadian Forces accidental dismemberment insurance plan. If the member opposite is referring to a matter that is now before the courts, it would not be appropriate for us to comment on that at this time.

Mr. Peter Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore, NDP): Mr. Speaker, in fairness to the hon. member as he is new to this House, it is quite possible that he does not understand what the SISIP benefit reduction is. It is a sinful, disgraceful act that disabled veterans get clawed back from one aspect of an insurance policy from their regular benefits and that is why they have gone to court.

This court action can stop right now. All it takes is for the Prime Minister to nod his head, stop the court proceedings, stop taking these disabled veterans to court, stop Dingwalling this Parliament as the Treasury Board president and the defence minister are doing, and deal with these disabled heroes of this country in a fair and proper manner.

Mr. Chris Alexander (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I think the member opposite will find, if he cares to review the real statistic, that this government has done more for veterans and more for members of the Canadian Forces than any in history. For a party that voted against our missions in Afghanistan and Libya, that voted against new equipment purchases under Canada’s economic action plan, that has questioned this minister’s effort to do his duty to honour the families of fallen soldiers during repatriation ceremonies, I would like to ask the member if he and his party have an ounce of support left for the Canadian Forces.