Conservatives turn their backs on Veterans
Veterans Affairs is the last place the Conservative government should look for funding cuts.
That’s the opinion of RandomBurin-St. George’s MP Judy Foote.
“ The Conservative government has said it is considering recommendations on restructuring at Veterans Affairs, including downsizing the department and possibly placing veterans’ concerns with another department. At a time when Canada is witnessing the return of veterans from wartorn countries like Afghanistan, it is imperative Veterans Affairs supports the physical, mental and emotional needs of men and women who have proudly served Canada.”
Mrs. Foote was insistent when she proclaimed Canadians would never support the cutting back on programs and services for veterans.
“And, I know in the riding of Random-Burin-St. George’s, where over 800 men and women are serving in all branches of the Canadian Forces, such a move is considered callous.”
She pointed out since the Korean War, Canadian soldiers - including many from communities throughout RandomBurin-St. George’s - have been serving in war-torn areas of the world like Cyprus, Haiti, Bosnia, Darfur and the Congo.
“Our soldiers need to know Canadians and the Canadian government are supportive of their efforts and their sacrifice.
“A new Liberal government will take every opportunity to ensure service, respect and dignity for the men and women who have fought in defence of Canadian values at home and abroad.”
Mrs. Foote said her party has consistently heard from Canadians that we need to do more for our veterans, not less.
“ The new Veterans Charter is not working and we need to address the specific needs of Afghanistan war vets. As well, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a tremendous concern for our veterans and their families. We have heard promises from this Conservative government to make changes to the Veterans Charter but never see any action.”
Mrs. Foote pointed out the Conservative government alternative to supporting veterans is spending $16-billion on warplanes, in a solesourced contract and she said money wasted on the G20 summit.
“ While the Conservative government claims to value the military, its recent actions bring that claim into question, especially since they would even consider making cuts to the Department of Veterans Affairs.”