Restoring pension benefits to the spouses of veterans who remarried after 60

On Friday, February 16th, 2018 in Debate, Parliament

Elizabeth May

Madam Speaker, I have worked with the parliamentary secretary and I absolutely know her deep passion and commitment to veterans.

However, this is a slightly different end of the veterans spectrum. The Liberal Party committed some time ago to eliminating something that dates from the Boer War, which eliminates pension benefits to the spouses of those who have remarried after the age of 60.

With the budget coming up so soon, could I have an indication from the parliamentary secretary if she will work across party lines to end this anachronistic and very unfair provision that affects our veterans?

Sherry Romanado – Member for Longueuil-Charles-LeMoyne

Madam Speaker, the clawback after 60 years of age clause that my colleague is referring to is something that we are absolutely looking at. Obviously, I cannot tell her what is going to be in the budget that will be coming out in two weeks, but obviously it is something that we are absolutely looking at.

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