Trudeau Liberals Paid Terrorists to 'Avoid' Legal Fees, Fight Hard in Court Against Injured Veterans Over Pensions
OTTAWA -- The B.C. Court of Appeal dealt a devastating blow Monday to a group of injured veterans engaged in a landmark legal battle with the federal government.
The six veterans involved in the so-called Equitas lawsuit were alleging that they were unfairly treated because of a major overhaul in 2006 to the way the government compensates those injured in the line of service.
Chief among the changes was replacing lifelong disability pensions with a lump-sum payment, career training and targeted income support -- a regime known as the New Veterans Charter.
The Equitas veterans rejected the charter as being worth less than the previous pension system, which they want re-instated or replaced with a true equivalent.
The case, first launched in 2012 under the previous Conservative government but continued with the Liberals, is seen as having major implications for all recently injured veterans.
The Equitas veterans scored a victory in 2014 when a B.C. Supreme Court justice ruled that there was enough merit to the case -- which the group planned to turn into a class-action lawsuit -- to proceed to trial.
But after the federal government appealed the decision, the three-judge B.C. Court of Appeal panel struck down the claim in its entirety Monday, saying the case had no chance of success.
While Monday's ruling represents a win for the federal government, it could actually represent a double-edged sword for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.
That's because Trudeau campaigned with Equitas members during the last federal election campaign in 2015, and the Liberals were the only party that promised to reinstate the lifelong pensions.
Yet the Liberal government continued to fight the court case after coming to power, and has yet to reinstate the disability pensions for injured veterans.