Garrison Stands Up For Veterans Pensions

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, NDP): Mr. Speaker, on Remembrance Day Canadians will be taking time to reflect and to honour the service veterans have provided to all Canadians.

    Unfortunately Conservative policies mean some who serve are being cut off from the benefits they have earned. Wounded soldiers are being forced out before they are eligible for their pensions.

    This is unacceptable. Instead, when will the minister do the right thing and provide these women and men the respect and support they deserve?

    Mr. James Bezan (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I want to thank all our military who have served us so proudly over the years.

    As we have said before, we have been working with the Chief of Defence Staff and the Chief of Military Personnel to ensure that members of the Canadian Armed Forces are not released until they are prepared.

    I will again remind the member opposite that every possible accommodation is made to ensure that soldiers are kept in the forces and provided with the best possible support before being considered for release.

    I want to thank the Minister of Veterans Affairs for tabling Bill C-11, priority hiring for injured veterans act, which help medically released personnel transition into meaningful public service careers.