Fantino challenged on claim of veterans receiving $10,000 per month

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OTTAWA - Only four of Canada's 521 severely wounded Canadian veterans might be eligible to receive up $10,000 per month in allowances and benefits under the Conservative government's beefed-up veteran's charter.

Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino recently cited the dollar figure to illustrate the Conservative government's generosity towards ex-service members.

However, statistics released by his own department show payments of that size would be rare indeed — and maybe even purely theoretical.

The remaining 92 per cent of veterans who receive payments — the permanent impairment allowance, the permanent impairment supplement and the earnings loss benefit — collect far less each month.

The $10,000 figure also includes the monthly Canadian Forces pension, a payment that's made whether a soldier was injured or not.

Calculating precise amounts can be a head-spinning exercise, given the cross-section of benefits, stipends and supplementary payments available to all veterans.

Asked how many wounded soldiers receive anything close to $10,000 per month, department officials would only say the figure represents a "scenario" of a severely wounded major released after 27 years of service and that four soldiers receive the top tier of allowances.

Organizations: Veterans Affairs, Canadian Forces

Geographic location: OTTAWA, Canada

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  • Allan Wellwood
    July 21, 2014 - 12:02

    There is nothing quite so frustrating to see as a politician using skewed statistics to rationalize his stance: Fantino (no Honorable) uses the AVERAGE salary of all CAF personnel to justify his line against providing adequate living benefits to injured personnel. Of course the AVERAGE salary might be $70,000 / year but what is the MEDIAN salary of the people who actually get sent into a danger zone? The middle salary figure of these folks is much more meaningful when assessing if there is an over-payment than including all the generals and other highly-paid staff who never see a war-zone. So, Mr. Fantino - can you produce this figure for all Canadians to consider?