Canadian Veterans Advocacy

Thursday, May 7, 2015

New announcement: Peter Stoffer MP - Motion to Recognize Existence of a Veterans' Covenant

Peter Stoffer MP - Upcoming Motion to Recognize Existence of a Veterans' Covenant

Please see the following message from Peter Stoffer, MP:

Canada's New Democrats believe the Government of Canada has a moral, social, legal and fiduciary obligation to care for the men and women who have served in Canada's Armed Forces.

My colleague Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody) has been working with the veterans community to pressure the government to recognize that a social covenant exists between our government and military veterans. This Monday May 11th, MP Fin Donnelly will introduce the following motion in the House of Commons.

That, in the opinion of the House, there exists a standalone covenant of moral, social legal, and fiduciary obligation, between the people and Government of Canada to provide equitable financial compensation and support services to past and active members of the armed forces who have been injured, disabled or have died as a result of military service, and to their dependents, and which the Government of Canada is obligated to fulfill. Further, that the guiding principle for their recognition, care, and compensation must always include compassion and dignity while properly taking into account the unique nature of military service.

You can watch the debate of this motion online at ParlVu ( on Monday May 11th from 11 am EST until 5:30 pm– with a break for Question Period.

We agree with veterans who want the Conservative government to stop fighting them in court and finally admit such a covenant exists. The motion also takes inspiration from similar standalone covenants that exist in other commonwealth countries.

Injured and disabled veterans should not have to fight for the compensation and care they deserve! Canada's New Democrats are calling on the federal government to support our motion recognizing the existence of a social covenant.

You can add your name in support of this motion using the following link:

We ask you share this petition with your network, so others can add their voices to the thousands of veterans who want the government to do the right thing and formally recognize the existence of a social covenant. Together, we can help restore the damaged ?relationship between the government and those who have fought so hard to defend the freedoms we enjoy today.

For further information about this motion, please feel free to contact my office or MP Fin Donnelly at


Office of Peter Stoffer, MP | Bureau du député Peter Stoffer
Official Opposition Critic for Veterans Affairs | Le Porte-Parole de l'Opposition Officielle pour Les Anciens Combattants.
New Democratic Party | Nouveau Parti démocratique

2900 Hwy #2 Fall River, NS B2T 1W4
Phone: (902) 861-2311 | Email:

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