Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018
Bill C-378 Falls Short Say Veterans
Open letter to Robert Dekker Conservative Party MP
By Tex Leugner, Cochrane, Alberta
John Labelle, Super Annuity campaign coordinator presents letter from the veterans to Prime Minster Justin Trudeau.
Dekker, thank you for your response. Contrary to what usually
happens, it was a pleasant surprise to even receive a response.
Although I understand that a private
members bill has the limitations that you alluded to, Bill C-378
doesn't even come close to addressing the issue, a return to the non
taxable, funded for life,
War Veterans Pension Act that should be made available
immediately to our Afghanistan war veterans. (And every war-wounded
veteran in Canada thereafter).
From: Tex Leugner
From record-setting reckless spending to terrorist payouts, Justin Trudeau has never met an issue he wouldn't throw money at. Unless of course you're a Canadian that actually served their country.
In a now-infamous town hall from last week, Trudeau decided an appropriate response to a Canadian soldier and war hero that lost a leg was to tell him that he and his fellow veterans were "asking for more than we're able to give right now."
All this from a man who has no problem cutting a $10.5-million check to a convicted terrorist, and takes $215,000 tax-payer funded vacations on private islands owned by billionaires.
In the National Post, John Ivison rightly points out "In truth, there are no gods and precious few heroes on the veterans file... Both Conservative and Liberal governments have been defendants in the Equitas case, in which Ottawa maintains it has no legal obligation to its ex-soldiers."
All this is true, but with Trudeau promising the moon and stars to our veterans-in order to fulfill his lifelong desperate push to fill his father's shoes-he may have finally picked the wrong group of Canadians to lie to.
Forcing Trudeau to be accountable to his word is a near-impossible task, but for the right cause, it may just be possible.
The truth is, when it comes to our veterans, we have more than enough to give right now. Now that's something that all of Canada, and "peoplekind" can get behind.
From: Robert Dekker, Conservative Party MP (photo)
lawsuit would have never needed to be brought! To my knowledge
most of the Conservative MPs then serving, voted in favour of the
NVC, these members could have and should have demanded a reversal of
the NVC legislation once the limitations became obvious?? Under the
leadership of the
Minister of Veterans Affairs prior to MP O’Toole, the
Conservative’s relationship with Canada’s Veterans was damaged. Mr.
O’Toole put the lawsuit from the Equitas group in abeyance and
leading up the 2015 election had introduced legislation that would
have greatly improved the benefits of our veterans. This was all too
little too late after 9 years in Government, 4 or 5 incompetant
Ministers, the firing of our only competent and caring
Veterans Ombudsman; I could go on and on!!
Feedback was given that condemned what
the Conservative government had done, but it was heard that veterans
were pleased to have the opportunity to talk with
Mr. Brassard and Ms. Wagantall (Deputy Veterans Affairs Critic).
I attended the Calgary meeting and appreciated the opportunity to
express my opinion. Veterans were concerned that the Trudeau
government was not listening and had decided to continue the Equitas