Former Canadian Forces Members Act

An Act respecting former Canadian Forces members

This bill was previously introduced in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session.

Sponsor

Peter Stoffer  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Introduced, as of Oct. 16, 2013

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Summary

This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment requires the Governor in Council to make regulations under the Department of Veterans Affairs Act to extend the health care benefits authorized by the regulations made under that Act to the former members of the Canadian Forces who meet Military Occupational Classification requirements and have been honourably discharged.

Elsewhere

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Former Canadian Forces Members Act
Routine Proceedings

June 15th, 2011 / 3:15 p.m.
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NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-216, An Act respecting former Canadian Forces members.

Mr. Speaker, the heroes of our country get quality medical care when they put the uniform on but when that uniform comes off they lose many opportunities to attend, for example, the Stadacona Base and other bases across the country for the medical care that is there. Thus, they must go to the civilian side and many of them can no longer even find a doctor.

People who have served this country for many years should have access to the high quality medical care that they received when they were in the service. This bill would correct that wrong and allow members of our military and their families the opportunity to access those medical services long after they take the uniform off.

We have an obligation to the heroes of our country, and not just when the uniform is on. We have an obligation to them for the rest of their natural lives. This is the contract we signed with them. They have the unlimited liability when they serve our country. As parliamentarians, we have the ultimate responsibility to see that all their needs are met, especially on this legislation.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)