Veterans Being Disrespected by the Liberal Government the Same as they Were by the Conservatives
March 3rd, 2017 - 9:45am
LANGFORD– The same day Prime Minister Trudeau was in town for a couple of photo ops, MP Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan-Malahat-Langford) hosted a Veterans Town Hall and heard how former members of the RCMP, the armed services, and their families have been profoundly disappointed in this Liberal government. Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 91 saw a lively full house of veterans sharing their stories with the NDP Critic for Veteran’s Affairs, MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe), NDP Critic for National Defence, Randall Garrison (Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke), and MP MacGregor.
"Just like the Conservatives before them, the Liberal government is denying benefits to our veterans and are even continuing to fight them in court to deny them these benefits," said MP MacGregor. "The women and men who have served our country so proudly deserve to be treated with respect and receive the benefits that they deserve."
Unanimously, and with heavy emotion, every veteran who spoke at the town hall explained that despite the spin of the Liberal Government, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) is still running exactly the same way it was under the Conservatives. Veterans said that they are being denied essential health and pension benefits, that they have to fight for every vital prescription and procedure, and that many doctors won’t even see them because dealing with DVA is too onerous for them. There was also much consternation about the continued shuttering of federal facilities for veterans and downloading of these services to the provinces.
"Just last year the House of Commons unanimously passed an NDP motion that recognizes Canada's covenant of moral, social, legal, and financial obligations to veterans," said MP Irene Mathyssen. "Our actions must be more than just words. We must work across party lines to ensure that all veterans and their families are treated with respect and dignity and that no veteran falls through the cracks."