Stoffer comments on veteran's victory in agent orange case

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December 16, 2014 

 

STOFFER COMMENTS ON VETERAN’S VICTORY IN AGENT ORANGE CASE

MONCTON– NDP Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer congratulated veteran Basil McAllister today for winning a federal court case that forces Veterans Affairs Canada to grant him disability compensation in relation to his exposure to defoliant spraying at CFB Gagetown.

“Basil fought for almost 10 years to obtain compensation and assistance from Veterans Affairs Canada,” said Stoffer. “He was repeatedly denied assistance but did not give up. I am proud of Basil’s win on this issue.”

Stoffer noted that the NDP has long advocated for better compensation for all military personnel and civilians affected by defoliant spraying at CFB Gagetown. Stoffer also noted that the federal Conservatives promised to call for a full public inquiry into Agent Orange and defoliant spraying at CFB Gagetown prior to being elected in 2006 but did not deliver on their promise.

“Based on Basil’s recent win, I encourage all Canadians affected by defoliant spraying at CFB Gagetown to file a claim with Veterans Affairs Canada,” said Stoffer. “There is no excuse for this Conservative government to deny them their rightful compensation.” 

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