51 Cobequid Road Lower Sackville, N.S.
Subject: Canadian Forces Superannuation Benefits-Reduction at Age 65
This letter is written specifically to seek your support with regards to terminating the reduction formula that is applied to retired Canadian Forces members receiving a Superannuation at age 65.
On Jan 1, 1966 The Canadian Pension Plan was introduced. Unfortunately Members of the Canadian Forces were not given any choices of participation with regards to the reduction format applied at age 65. The large surplus the Canada Pension Plan has accumulated certainly indicates that premiums, with proper investment are sufficient to maintain the plan payout policy.
Compared to other Government Agencies, Military personnel are not compensated for extra hours of employment to satisfy daily Military requirements. Military Operational requirements often leads to extended family separation and crushes the member's opportunity of additional employment that creates extra funds for their family. Upon retirement our members are faced with uncontrollable amount of increases. Annual cost, such as increase of taxes on our homes, heating oil, electricity, gasoline and food continues to increase faster than our indexing revenues.
At age 65 retired members of the Canadian Forces deserve an exemption to the claw back procedures that are being applied to our Superannuation. When we arrive in our Golden Years, we should be given the financial dignity of enjoying our remaining years of family life to the fullest.
I submit this request for your continual and full support of Veterans. While celebrating the year of the Veterans, it would be a unique and most appropriate time for the Government of Canada to acknowledge the special and most valuable services Veterans continue to provide to our great Country by terminating this unfair claw back to our pensions. Give us the opportunity to live our remaining Golden Years with financial dignity.
John H. Labelle
HOUSE OF COMMONS
Peter Stoffer. M.P. Sackville â â€œ Eastern Shore
April 28. 2005
Mr. John Labelle 27 Dresden Court Lower Sackville, NS B4C 3X 1
Dear Mr. Labelle,
Thank you for your letter outlining your concerns with the pension claw back that affects retired or disabled Canadian Forces members receiving a Superannuation annuity and the Canadian Pension Plan.
I would like the federal government to review its policy on adjusting and reducing the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act (CFSA) annuity. In the next few months, I will be consulting with the legislative branch of the House of Commons to explore ways we can propose an end to the claw back.
Thank you again for raising this very important issue. I agree that in this Year of the Veteran, it would be a very appropriate time for the federal government to eliminate this policy.
Peter Stoffer, MP
PS/hb Past and present members of the Canadian forces
Subject: Claw back to the Canadian Forces Superannuation annuity at age 65
1. Initiatives are being attempted to terminate the claw back procedures that are being applied to our CFS pension at age 65. This situation applies to all Canadian Forces personnel who are receiving a Military Annuity. This position will also apply to all serving members when they retire and receive an annuity.
2. Please read all enclosures carefully. As per the enclosed attachment we have received the support of Mr. Peter Stoffer, M.P. NDP Member of Parliament. Now the Torch is passed on to us. You can assist by responding to the following information ASAP.
A. Preferably send an e-mail with your telephone number to Mr. Peter Stoffer, M.P. by adding your name to the list stating that you fully support all initiatives that are being attempted in order to terminate the claw back procedures that are being applied to our CFS pension at age 65.
B. We further request that you forward this e-mail with all attachments to all your Military friends. Together we must distribute this initiative to all retired and serving Military personnel across Canada. It is important that we demonstrate solidarity.
3. The Leadership and Support of Senior Officers is requested. We are attempting to get other organizations to support us. Remember that we can only succeed if all members support this initiative. Numbers on the nominal list is what counts.
4. My pension reduction at age 65 was 480.56 per month. What will your deduction be at age 65?
Thank you friends God Speed
John H. Labelle CPO 1 (ret)
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