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The Hon. Grant  Mitchell, B.A., M.A., C.F.A. Senator Grant Mitchell has had careers in the public service, business and politics in Alberta. He was appointed by former Prime Minister Paul Martin in March, 2005.

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Statement made on 21 April 2009 by Senator Lorna Milne (retired)

Hon. Lorna Milne:

Honourable senators, section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states:

Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

Given that fact, can the Leader of the Government in the Senate explain why there is still a rule in the Canadian Forces and the RCMP pension plans denying automatic survivor benefits to a spouse when the member marries after 60 years of age?


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