After fighting for five long years, the Supreme Court of Canada has decided not to hear the appeal in a lawsuit between the Equitas Society and the Government of Canada. The British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled there was no obligation or “social covenant” in Canada to its Veterans.
The decision was made at 9:45 a.m., on August 30, 2018. The Supreme Court did not elaborate on why they came to their decision.
“A sad day for Canadian Veterans. The final knife has been plunged in our backs by the Trudeau government who promised on a stack of bibles they would not take Veterans back to court on the issue of the issue of Canada’s Sacred Obligation and Covenant with its Veterans,” the Equitas Society said in a public Facebook post.
If the Supreme Court had decided to hear the appeal, they would have heard from six Canadian Veterans, speaking on behalf of thousands of other Veterans.
“This after the British Columbia Court of Appeal earlier decided in favour of a federal government motion to have the lawsuit struck down on the grounds that there is no duty at law owed to veterans,” the Equitas Society said in a statement.
Despite the negative results, lawyers and other plaintiffs are urging the public to join the fight and speak out against their local MPs to find out exactly what their commitment is to Veterans across Canada.
“We also wish to send out very special thanks for nothing, but a stab in the back to a number of now-defunct Veterans Groups and their leaders, which we won’t dignify by naming, and the voting public for saddling us with this disastrous government in 2015. Truly a sad day for all Canadians,” the statement concluded.