Colonel Russel Williams Still Eligible for His Military Pension
Colonel Russel Williams, the disgraced Base Commander of CFB Trenton, will still be eligible for his military pension if convicted.
The Human Resource Minister, Diane Finley has introduced a bill that would cut Old Age Security Pensions (OAS) from convicted criminals. The bill has passed second reading and is now being studied by a parliamentary committee.
Prime Minister Harper pointed out that the military pension of Colonel Russel is a contractual obligation and a pension that Colonel Russell paid into.
Russell has admitted to two murders, 2 sexual assaults and 82 break ins. He is expected to plead guilty on October 28th to all counts. His military pension is estimated at $60,000.
One would think that after Russell is convicted there would be an administrative review that would decide his disposition, which will lead to dismissal from the Canadian Forces. Whether or not the flexibility exists to reduce him in rank to 2nd Lieutenant remains to be seen.
Captain Robert Semrau, who was convicted of Disgraceful Conduct, was dismissed from the Canadian Forces and reduced in rank. If his conduct for taking a wounded Afghan Insurgent out of his misery was disgraceful, surely Colonel Williams's conduct was disgustingly disgraceful.
Let's hope that the possiblity exists to strip him of his rank and at least reduce his pension.