CALGARY -- Ottawa's pension clawback for retired soldiers and Mounties is coming under increasing attack from an army of disgruntled ex-servicemen and their supporters.Quote has been trimmed
Former Canadian peacekeeper and Airdrie resident David Ward is leading the charge, saying veterans are getting the shaft while politicians and federal bureaucrats are exempted.
"Some of these people on a fixed income can't afford to lose $500 a month," said Ward, who served with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry for 28 years, until 1996.
The discrepancy results from the fact that when soldiers and Mounties retire after more than 20 years of service, their pensions are fixed until a retiree's age and years of service add up to 85, then they are indexed and increase yearly.
But at age 65, the Canada Pension Plan kicks in, and the amount of CPP they get is clawed back from their military or RCMP pensions.
"It definitely discriminates - they remember us on Nov. 11 and that's it," said Ward. "It's very, very disturbing."
Ward, 62, was referring to 1966 legislation that integrated RCMP and military pension plans and laid the groundwork for the clawback.
Is any soldier's contribution to Canada worth less than an elected official's contribution? Doesn't seem fair to me either.