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News - Veterans - 11 Aug 2010

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Veterans: 11 Aug 2010
Harper Government abandoning war veterans and their loved ones

It is appalling that the Harper government is abandoning Canada’s treasured war veterans and their loved ones with proposed cuts to the Veterans Affairs Department, Liberal Veterans Affairs Critic Rob Oliphant said today.

“The way this government is treating our proud veterans is shameful – particularly as they waste billions of dollars on fighter jets,” said Mr. Oliphant.

“They’re using the excuse that ‘traditional’ war veterans from the Second World War and the Korean War are dying off, and therefore programs and services are not needed as much. But what they’re completely ignoring are the continuing needs of their widows, who deserve our support just as much as the veterans themselves.

“This government completely lacks the vision and imagination to plan for new needs of modern vets as well. Veterans from Canadian peacekeeping missions since the Korean War have been too long ignored, particularly in the area of post-traumatic stress disorder. After serving in Cyprus, Haiti, Bosnia, Darfur, the Congo and during the Cold War, Canadian veterans have never had access to the same level of support.

“The Conservatives are also failing new veterans from our efforts in Afghanistan. More resources, rather than fewer, will be required in the future,” he said.

Veterans Affairs Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn is quoted in the media today as saying that Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) will be downsizing. The move sparked condemnation from the National Council of Veteran Associations. Secretary General Brian Forbes said the following:

“It is quite clear that extensive financial and human resources are required of the Department due to the influx of disabled veterans returning from Afghanistan and earlier Canadian military missions. Once again, given the physical, mental and psychological concerns confronting these returning veterans, the job of VAC will become more complex and intensive in order to address these multi-faceted problems.” (Press Release, August 5, 2010)

“Despite repeated promises to implement changes to the New Veterans Charter, no action has been taken yet,” Mr. Oliphant said. The Charter, developed and passed under the previous Liberal government late in 2005, was designed to ensure that programs and services are updated to better reflect emerging needs.

Mr. Oliphant said a new Liberal government would be committed to maintaining a high level of service, with respect and dignity, for the 155,000 ‘traditional’ veterans and their loved ones.

“In addition, if Minister Blackburn is bereft of ideas as to how to meet the needs of our veterans, he can look to the recommendations approved by the Parliamentary Veterans Affairs committee regarding the New Veterans Charter, which Liberals were actively involved in drafting,” he said.

“As the numbers of ‘traditional’ veterans decrease, there is a new opportunity. Liberals will take this opportunity to better serve the men and women who have fought to keep our country free and our world safe.”



Office of Robert Oliphant, MP: 613-992-2855


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