Letters: Veterans paying for Conservative power

Dear Editor,

I want to thank MP Mark Warawa and the Conservative government for ensuring that my contributions to the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP) will be doubled over a four-year period. As a veteran, retired since 1974, I am more than happy to ensure that the Conservative government will be able to boast on their campaign trail how they now have achieved a budget surplus.

When I retired in 1974, I accepted the fact that I must take a reduction in my pension for having served my country for only 20 years instead of the mandated 25 years.

Fair is fair, and I accepted the parameters present at the time – but I was assured at the time that my optional benefits would remain sacrosanct until I passed from this world.

Well now, unfortunately, the federal government, in its misguided avidity to retain power, has changed the goalposts for all veterans.

We are easy pickings, as we are only promoted to the general public in November of each year; therefore we will probably get little support from that same public in asking them to defeat this government and any other until this legislation is rescinded.

W.J. Farrall, NATO Service Medal, Langley

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