Friday, February 14, 2014
The Harper Regime and the Never-ending War on Veterans
It's hard to believe after what the Harper Cons have done to our veterans, that they could treat or betray them even more than they already have.
But that's exactly what they are doing. First they closed down those veteran service centres for no good reason.
Now they're going after their healthcare plans.
Retired soldiers and Mounties, along with wounded veterans and their families, are among a group of former federal employees that the government targeted for savings in its budget Tuesday.
In its economic plan, the government announced it was going after $7.5 billion in savings by forcing participants in the government’s health plan for public servants to pay half of the costs, up from 25 per cent. Before 2006, it was even lower.
Which isn't just callous and inhuman, it's yet another betrayal of trust.
“I’m very disappointed in this move,” said Gordon Moore, Dominion president of the Royal Canadian Legion.
“These men and women put their life on the line. These young men and women who served 30, 35, or 40 years in the Canadian Forces or the RCMP, they made a commitment, and the government made a commitment at that time that they would look after them for life. “And now the government of the day is turning its back on these veterans of both the Canadian Forces and the RCMP.”
And what makes all of this even worse is that the Con were warned about the consequences of their actions.
While veterans and the public were being assured two years ago that budget cuts would not affect services at Veterans Affairs Canada, internal documents show departmental officials weren’t sure how they would manage with fewer offices and staff.
But went ahead anyway, while trying to conceal the consequences like only Cons can.
Documents obtained by Postmedia News show the government deployed a carefully crafted communications strategy two years ago to try to douse surprise and outrage as news of the closures and layoffs spread. Bureaucrats were instructed to provide pre-approved, cookie-cutter responses as requests for information came in, assuring the public the government was still committed to helping veterans and indicating that service would actually increase.
Which makes the way Julian Fantino bullied them even more disgusting.
And makes him look even more like a cowardly lapdog, if that's possible.
It's outrageous, it's depressing, it makes me so angry to see the elderly and the vulnerable treated in such a shabby manner.
But as I said before, I am proud to be on the side of those veterans, and I firmly believe that they will help us mightily to defeat that evil regime.
For we will not just be acting in their name, but also in the name of all those who gave up their lives to keep Canada free and make it a better place...
Once we had Victory in Europe day.
Then we had Victory in Japan day.
The day we liberate ourselves will be Victory in Canada day.
And it will be one of the most glorious days this country has ever seen...
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