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10/21/2014 - 14:30
On October 20, 2014, two members of the Canadian Armed Forces were injured in a hit-and-run incident in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. One member later died in hospital.
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“Good news for our injured veterans”

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Ottawa- Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl, said he was pleased the Conservative Government will not appeal the Federal Court's ruling against the practice of clawing back long-term disability benefits from injured veterans.

"The Government has taken the time to carefully review the Federal Court decision," said Strahl. "I'm glad the Minister of National Defence and the Minister of Veterans Affairs have determined that the decision should not be appealed."

On May 1st, 2012, the Federal Court ruled that the longstanding practice of offsetting Pension Act disability benefits from the Service Income Security Insurance Plan (SISIP) Long Term Disability (LTD) income was in breach of the SISIP LTD Insurance Policy.

SISIP Long Term Disability is a premium based insurance program that provides financial benefits and vocational rehabilitation to medically releasing Canadian Forces members or members who take a voluntary release but qualify as being totally disabled.

The Government also announced it would harmonize disability benefits at Veterans Affairs to reflect the planned changes to Service Income Security Insurance Plan. With these changes, Veterans Affairs' disability pension will no longer be deducted from the Earnings Loss Benefit, as will be the case with the War Veterans Allowance and the Canadian Forces Income Support Benefit.

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  • RT @pmharper: We also offer our prayers for the recovery of the member who was injured. Read my full statement here: http://t.co/Tlyv7JockM 7 hours 59 min ago
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  • Honoured to witness #Chilliwack resident Shawn Nagurny receive a Medal for Bravery from @ggdavidjohnston today. http://t.co/NBLM8HXTei 9 hours 49 min ago

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