Holmans says convicted murderer should get treatment – but through proper channels
Budd Holmans wants Christopher Garnier to receive treatment. He just doesn’t think it should come through Veterans Affairs, and he feels Canadian veterans deserve to know which department will cover the costs.
In September, the public learned that Garnier, convicted of second-degree murder in the death of o -duty Truro police officer Catherine Campbell, was to have treatment for PTSD covered by Veterans Affairs, since his father is a veteran.
Following public outcry, the department announced it would no longer pay for bene ts for incarcerated relatives of veterans but would not say where this leaves Garnier’s case.
“The optics are terrible, especially in view of all the difficulties veterans have had in dealing with government,” said Holmans, who served 15 years in the regular forces and about seven in the reserves.
“ ey should just admit this was a mistake. at’s all veterans are looking for.
“Care should be provided through the proper agency.”
He contends Corrections Canada should be responsible for Garnier’s treatment.
“It’s available through Corrections, and we have veterans waiting up to two years for a decision on disability,” he said.