The government of the day, through the minister of Veterans Affairs Jean-Pierre Blackburn, has made several announcements and promises on Bill C-55 (New Veterans Charter), which has received first reading in the House of Commons but has not progressed to the committee level.
Similar announcements and promises have been made on Bill-480 by Finance Minister James Flaherty (removal of GST from poppies and wreath purchases) for which no legislation has yet been tabled.
As your readers know, the tabling and passage of these bills with royal assent will not be possible should the government decide to call an election.
The Royal Canadian Legion has written to both ministers on the matters of legislative procedure and has received assurances that these matters are being looked into.
These bills, however, may die on the order paper if an election is called and leave Canada’s disabled veterans, their families and the Royal Canadian Legion without the legislation they all need.
The Royal Canadian Legion writes this letter because we care.
Patricia Varga, Dominion president
Royal Canadian Legion