Liberals Defeat Motion Telling Veterans Affairs to Revoke Benefits to Convicted Cop-Killer
This week in Parliament, the Liberal majority defeated a Conservative motion which called on Veterans Affairs to revoke benefits being paid to Chris Garnier who was convicted of murdering police officer Catherine Campbell of Truro, Nova Scotia. Garnier, who is now receiving post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment by a private psychologist, is having his invoices paid by Veterans Affairs, not because he himself is a veteran, but because Garnier is a child of a former military member. Due to the latest failure by the Liberals, Garnier will continue to reap the benefits intended only for our Veterans while he is behind bars.
While I believe that Canada and its Veterans share a social covenant and that the government should be committed to providing the best possible services and benefits for veterans and their families, it is outrageous that a convicted cop killer who never served a day in his life is getting his PTSD treatment covered, while so many of our Veterans must fight Veterans Affairs for theirs.The injustice of this situation is not only unfair to all whom put their lives on the line in service of our country, the family of Officer Campbell is also outraged, as her killer continues to receive benefits behind bars paid by resources which should be allocated to Veterans’ services.
I was shocked that the Liberals continue to allow and defend this injustice. Our Party will continue to put pressure on the Liberals to ensure our veterans receive the benefits they deserve, rather than throwing money toward those who do not deserve it.
Mr. Garnier, like all prisoners, has mental health services available to him via the penal system. He does not need to use resources meant for Veterans and their deserving family members.
We must ensure that those who have served Canada honourably get the treatment they need, when they need it.