Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Chaplain, the Con MP, and the Betrayal of the Legion
She's the latest victim of the Con regime's war on Canadian veterans.
A Royal Canadian Legion chaplain who lost her position for having committed the ultimate crime in Stephen Harper's Canada:
Standing up for our veterans and our wounded soldiers.
The Royal Canadian Legion in Kenora, Ont., accepted the resignation of its chaplain on Monday, after some members and the local Conservative MP complained her remarks about Veterans Affairs and Afghanistan War veterans at a Remembrance Day service were too political.
During the Nov. 11 legion service, Rev. Sandra Tankard spoke out about concerns that veterans who fought in Afghanistan are not getting proper care, and then talked about cuts to Veterans Affairs.
And embarrassing a Con MP.
After the Remembrance Day service, Tankard said local Conservative MP Greg Rickford approached her directly and expressed his "displeasure" about her remarks.
And what I can't understand is, who cares if Greg Rickford didn't like what he heard? I mean who gives a damn? And why would a Legion branch accept Tankard's resignation so readily? When all the chaplain was doing was speaking the truth.
The Harper regime's treatment of our veterans and wounded soldiers is a national disgrace, an absolute abomination.
A decorated Afghanistan war veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder says the only help he got from military counsellors was he was given a rock to squeeze when he wasn't feeling well.
And a huge Canadian tragedy...
For these ARE the facts.
Harper's spin doctors would also like us to ignore the fact that more Canadian military and ex-military personnel have committed suicide on his watch than died in the Afghanistan War.
Dead veterans deserve our respect; living veterans deserve our respect and assistance. Do not be misled by the Conservatives' cleverly crafted propaganda and their crass campaign goodies. Harper's government should be judged on its record.
And this too is true:
When asked whether there is a lesson for others in her Remembrance Day experience, Tankard said "perhaps it is that the freedoms we have to speak are not necessarily as vibrant as they once were."
And all I can say is thank goodness for these members of this Great Canadian Coalition.
A group of angry veterans, who want the Harper government defeated in the next election, is appealing to serving members of the military to join them in protest.
Ron Clarke, a member of Canada Coalition for Veterans who has been campaigning against the closure of Veterans Affairs offices, made the appeal Wednesday during a Parliament Hill news conference.
And as for the Legion it needs to remember whose side it's on.
The coalition says a low-key approach to confronting the government has not worked and spokesman Mike Blais says the Royal Canadian Legion seems satisfied with current disability awards for the most severely wounded troops.
For any kowtowing to the Con regime and its depraved leader is absolutely disgraceful, and a betrayal of our soldiers and veterans.
But then you know whose side I am on eh?
The side of OUR Canada where such things should NEVER happen.
And this sorry incident only makes me more determined to join those vets on the battlefield of the next election. And take that Canada back.
Together we shall take on the Cons.
And together we shall help defeat them...
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