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10/31/2014 - 05:30
Justice Minister Peter MacKay today highlighted new proposed measures to make life more affordable for Canadian families and to help them prosper:
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Canada strongly condemns the ongoing violence in South Sudan and is deeply concerned by its impact on the civilian population and on neighbouring countries.
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Minister Ambrose congratulates the winners of Canada's prestigious prize for medical research and emphasizes the Government's commitment to support world-leading science
10/30/2014 - 14:40
Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and Minister Responsible for Southwestern Ontario, Diane Finley, will be available to the media to highlight new measures to help make life more affordable for Canadian families and to help them prosper.

“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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