NDP BLASTS ATTEMPT TO RESTRICT VETERANS FROM WEARING UNIFORMS

OTTAWA – Reports that the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has issued a directive requiring veterans to obtain permission before wearing their uniforms at special events is both outrageous and insulting, according to NDP Defence critic Jack Harris (St. John’s East).

“Canada’s veterans have bravely served this country and wear their uniforms with pride at ceremonies commemorating their service,” said Harris. “It shows an absolute lack of respect for this service to tell veterans that they now need to ask permission to wear their uniforms and show their pride for having served this country.”

Veterans’ requests to wear their uniforms will reportedly be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be limited to occasions where the RCN believes it will reflect favourably on the navy. As officers pay for their uniforms themselves, it is not clear how the RCN intends to enforce this policy.

“Conservatives have faced increased criticism for failing veterans – much of it coming from veterans themselves,” said Harris. “This seems to be yet another attempt by the Conservatives to silence opposition.”