An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act (death benefit for parents)

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

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This enactment amends the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act to include a deceased member’s parents as eligible beneficiaries for the death benefit which is payable in accordance with that Act.

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Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act
Routine Proceedings

February 11th, 2013 / 3:05 p.m.
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NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-472, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act (death benefit for parents).

Mr. Speaker, the reason for the introduction of this bill is that, if we take Afghanistan as an example, 158 individuals passed away, giving their lives to the service of Canada. The immediate spouses of those who were married were entitled to the supplementary death benefit of, I believe, more than $270,000. However, for those individuals who were not married, the estate received nothing.

It is time that on the battlefield we recognize that, whether a soldier is married or not married, it should not matter to the estate where the supplementary death benefit goes. This legislation would change that. It would basically make all of our men and women in the services who die in the line of duty for their country equal under the compensation benefit to ensure that their estate would receive the supplementary death benefit.

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