15.5 C
Fort St. John
Thursday, July 18, 2019
9924 101 ave Fort St. John, B.C.
Advertisement
Home Canadian Press Two-year wait for severance pay by military reservists 'unacceptable': Kenney

Two-year wait for severance pay by military reservists ‘unacceptable’: Kenney

Advertisement

OTTAWA — Defence Minister Jason Kenney says it’s unacceptable that reservists who’ve left the military now face a wait of nearly two years for severance pay in a system the department had promised to fix in 2013.

Kenney was responding to repeated questions in the House of Commons by NDP MPs who call the situation shameful.

The minister says the Department of National Defence has recognized the problem and is throwing staff at the backlog of 2,754 files.

- Advertisement -

Former military ombudsman Pierre Daigle investigated a series of complaints in the late summer and early fall of 2013 when reservists were waiting between nine and 17 months for their payouts.

Full-time members of the military wait approximately 18 weeks.

Former corporal Nicholas Vanderplas, of London, Ont., has waited 21 months for his $4,500, which is owed him for six years as a part-time member of the infantry, and he says he’s fed up.







get the latest news in your inbox

Author

Advertisement

Local Events

Must Read

Huskies Early Bird Season Ticket Pricing

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Huskies are currently promoting their Early Bird Season Ticket pricing before September 1st, 2019. With 19 regular-season home games...