OTTAWA, Oct. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - The following was issued today regarding
the Scott et al. v. Attorney General of Canada proposed class action:
On September 6, 2013, the Honourable Mr. Justice Gordon Weatherill
released his ruling on the Attorney General of Canada's Motion to
Strike the Notice of Civil Claim filed by the Plaintiffs' counsel in
the Scott et al. v. Attorney General of Canada proposed class action.
The Plaintiffs argue that the promises of past governments are binding
on present and future governments. While this may sound reasonable,
their argument could have a far broader impact than perhaps intended by
the Plaintiffs. If accepted, this principle could undermine democratic
accountability as parliamentarians of the future could be prevented
from changing important legislation, including the sort of changes that
some Veterans would like to see to the New Veterans Charter.
We are therefore appealing Justice Weatherill's decision, as this case
is not the proper vehicle for addressing the very real concerns of
"My recent commitment to proceed with a comprehensive review of the New
Veterans Charter by elected officials, in our Parliament, will provide
the appropriate forum where all voices can be heard, including those of
the Plaintiffs, Veterans, family members, other interested individuals
and subject matter experts," said the Honourable Julian Fantino,
Minister of Veterans Affairs. "That is where we can work together on
appropriate change for Veterans and their families."
Veterans Affairs Canada's support and services offer the right care at
the right time to achieve the best results for Veterans and their
families. Find out more at veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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