Scheer promises to clear backlog of veterans waiting to receive benefits

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CANOE COVE, P.E.I. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is promising to provide support to Canadian veterans by clearing a backlog of benefit applications within two years if elected.

Scheer says a Conservative government would use legislation to ensure every veteran can get services in a timely manner.

He says it will require a new investment, which the parliamentary budget officer has pegged at $50 million over two years.

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Veterans Affairs Canada numbers show nearly 40,000 veterans were waiting at the end of last November to hear whether their applications for financial assistance would be approved — 11,000 more than the previous year.

The backlog has been a source of concern for years.

Scheer also pledged to create a reliable pension program and get commemoration projects back on track.

The Canadian Press

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