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 Veterans.
"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."
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SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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