Tories order veterans benefits review
OTTAWA - The Harper government plans an extensive review of its oft-maligned new veterans charter barely two years after the last major overhaul.
Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino is announcing the review just days ahead of a new report which is expected to show that the existing legislation leaves some of the most seriously wounded ex-soldiers out in the cold.
The country's veterans ombudsman is expected to table an exhaustive report next week.
Fantino says the review will look at the enhancements that were part of the 2011 overhaul, which included more money and support for the most severe cases.
It will also examine support for the families of veterans.
Since it was first implemented by Parliament in 2006, the charter has been a lightning rod for ex-soldiers, who've seen the decades-old, lifetime pension system replaced with a workers-compensation style mix of lump-sum awards and allowances.