TOMMY ATKINS

In 1953 I enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy. Including duty watches, we worked an average of 45 hours per week for our net pay of $60 per month. In 1982 I resigned and drew a pension of $16,500 per year. Commitment to a higher calling of patriotism kept many of us re-enlisting. In 1987, given false promises of promotion and a preferred posting, I was asked to re-enrol. A serious shortcoming in the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act (CFSA), about which I was not warned, resulted upon my 1990 retirement in a shortfall in my pension of $10,000 per year compared to others with similar service, and $4,000 less than if I had not re-enrolled. Months and years of pleading with MP\'s, Senators and appointees have only garnered me sympathy, and thanks for my service to Canada. The cause of my problems was corrected effective 01 March 2007 so that others do not fall into the same financial trap. At age 71 I am trying to fight Stage IV colon cancer and I am concerned for the financial well being of my surviving spouse, who will be entitled to a diminished survivor\'s benefit amounting to a mere 10 to 15 per cent of the pensions of many MP\'s, Senators and appointees. Please lend me your support. - Defence Minister Gordon O

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