January 09, 2013 15:43 ET
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 9, 2013) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced that, pending court approval, the Government of Canada, through the Department of Justice, and the counsel for members of the class action have concluded discussions to resolve the issues raised in the class action of Dennis Manuge v. Her Majesty The Queen.
"The well-being of both our serving and retired members is very important for the Government of Canada," said Minister MacKay. "Acting quickly and fairly to resolve this matter is of the utmost importance, and I am pleased an agreement in principle has been reached."
Today the Federal Court approved a notice to inform the class members that an agreement in principle had been reached regarding the reduction of Pension Act disability benefits from SISIP Long Term Disability benefits. A Federal Court hearing for approval of the agreement will be held on February 14, 2013 in Halifax.
The Canadian Forces Long Term Disability Income Replacement program is a disability group insurance plan administered by SISIP Financial Services that provides Canadian Armed Forces members with replacement income protection and vocational rehabilitation if they are released from the Canadian Armed Forces for medical reasons or take a voluntary release but qualify as being totally disabled.
Notes to editor / news director: For more information on the SISIP LTD program, please visit the SISIP web page at https://www.cfpsa.com/en/aboutus/sisipfs/insurance/pages/long-term-disability.aspx
Information: 1-866-377-0811 / (613) 996-2353www.forces.gc.ca
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