Veterans Deeply Hurt By the Prime Minister’s Remarks

February 9, 2018

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made some comments during his town hall in Edmonton that were insulting and insensitive to Canada’s Veterans. During the 2015 election campaign, Trudeau promised the moon to just about everyone, only to break his promises once winning government. Canadian postal workers, those advocating for electoral reform and Veterans know exactly what I’m talking about.

At this particular town hall in Edmonton, a Veteran asked the Prime Minister why his government was continuing to fight some Veterans’ groups in court over government benefits. Justin Trudeau’s answer was “because they are asking for more than we are able to give right now.”

Veterans, our men and women in uniform and their families have been deeply hurt by these remarks, and naturally fear that we are reverting back to a time when our Forces and Veterans were an afterthought to previous Liberal governments.

The Prime Minister’s words do not sit well when considered alongside the choices he and his Ministers have made in terms of their spending. The same Liberal government that says that it cannot live up to its election promises to our Veterans has spent: $256 million on a China-led infrastructure bank to build pipelines, roads and bridges in Asia; $372 million to bail Bombardier out of its bad business decisions; $10.5 million on convicted terrorist Omar Khadr; over $200,000 on security costs for the Prime Minister’s illegal trip to the Aga Khan’s private island; $1.1 million to renovate Ministers’ offices in Ottawa; and over $100 BILLION in deficit spending overall.

All of this is apparently worthwhile spending for Justin Trudeau.

In response to the Prime Minister’s comments, the Royal Canadian Legion has asked a very important question: “Why then, do we continue to send our forces into harm’s way if we are not willing to – or cannot – help them adequately upon return?”

This is a question that Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Ministers must answer. In the meantime, our Conservative Opposition will continue to fight for the respect that our Veterans and brave men and women in uniform profoundly deserve from their government.

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