Statement made on 08 June 2011 by Senator Lucie Pépin (retired)
Hon. Lucie Pépin:
Honourable senators, my question has to do with the Last Post Fund, the federal program that ensures that impoverished veterans receive a dignified funeral in return for their service. The $3,600 provided through this program does not cover the actual cost of a funeral. Veterans' associations believe that this amount should be increased and have called on the government to do so. Yet veterans will have to wait once again, since this year's budget does not contain any measures to correct this problem.
How can we reassure our veterans who are worried about not having suitable funerals because of a lack of financial resources?
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