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Bill C-31

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Her Excellency the Governor General recommends to the House of Commons the appropriation of public revenue under the circumstances, in the manner and for the purposes set out in a measure entitled ``An Act to amend the Pension Act and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act''.


This enactment amends the Pension Act and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act to recognize, for the purpose of pension benefits under the Pension Act, service as part of a ``special duty operation''. Members of the Canadian Forces and the RCMP serving as part of a special duty operation, or their survivors, will be provided, in the event of the member's disability or death, with the same pension coverage as that currently provided in respect of service in a ``special duty area''.

The existing power of the Governor in Council to designate ``special duty areas'' is transferred to the Minister of National Defence (in the case of the Pension Act) and to the Solicitor General of Canada (in the case of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act). Those respective Ministers are also empowered to designate ``special duty operations'', which are not required to be defined in terms of a specific geographical area.

A designation of a ``special duty area'' or ``special duty operation'' may be made only if the Canadian Forces or RCMP members are deployed into conditions of elevated risk. In all cases, there must be prior consultation with the Minister of Veterans Affairs.