OTTAWA, Sept. 12, 2018 /CNW/ - The Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today regarding the settlement of a class action lawsuit brought against the Government of Canada:
"The Government of Canada and the plaintiff Ray Toth have reached an agreement in principle to settle the class proceeding in Toth v. Her Majesty the Queen, bringing the parties closer to the end of a legal action that began over four years ago. The Government and the Plaintiffs have agreed in principle to settle this class action with an amount of $100 million inclusive of legal fees. I believe the proposed settlement is fair and provides both sides with needed closure. The settlement is subject to approval by the Federal Court. A settlement approval hearing is set for December 10-12, 2018 in the Federal Court in Ottawa.
"Now that this matter may soon be behind us, the Government of Canada will continue working to better serve Veterans and their families. I believe this decision shows that we intend to ensure that Veterans in Canada are better off now than they were before
"We have already invested $10 billion of new money into services and supports for Veterans, and their families, hired hundreds of new staff, and opened 10 Veterans Affairs offices across the country.
"I look forward to continuing important discussions with Canadians in the coming weeks and months so that we can continue to build on what has been achieved to date."
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada