TIME FOR CONSERVATIVES TO RESPECT VETERANS: NDP

As Veterans’ Week begins, Conservatives continue to fail low-income veterans, their families

Victoria – At the beginning of Veterans’ Week, the NDP is denouncing the cavalier manner in how the Conservative government treats those who have bravely served our country.

Local NDP MP Randall Garrison (Esquimalt Juan de Fuca) expressed his dismay at the appalling treatment of veterans: “Veterans and their families make incredible sacrifices for Canada.  Surely we should honour and support them for their commitment to Canada instead of humiliating Veterans by providing insufficient burial funding.”

Last weekend, it was revealed that nearly 70 percent of applications for financial help to bury homeless or low-income veterans are rejected by the Conservative government.

This latest report just adds to the many embarrassing failures from the Conservatives on the Veterans Affairs file, from debilitating red tape to failing to transition ill and injured personnel to civilian life to harmful budget cuts.

“When it comes to veterans, the Conservatives promise them so much and deliver so little,” said NDP Veterans critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore). “Military and RCMP personnel have the unlimited liability and we in Parliament have the ultimate responsibility to their and their families’ needs, all the way to and including the headstone.”