It's hard to believe that even when they claim they are making up for treating veterans so shabbily.
Still they can't control themselves.
And still they would scam them.
The federal Conservative government has trumpeted a new commitment of $200-million to help veterans deal with their mental-health issues, but it has been less vocal about the fact that the money will be paid out over the next half a century.
Veterans advocates and opposition politicians accuse the government of deliberately misleading Canadians about the scope of the new investment, which was announced just before the release of a report critical of its treatment of former military personnel.
Or run over them again...
And I can only imagine how the veterans and wounded soldiers who have been waiting so long for help are going to react.
“It is deceptively caustic to the trust and the well-being of the veterans because they are waiting for services now,” said Sean Bruyea, a retired military captain who is a defender of veterans’ interests. “For them to say to veterans, ‘You’ve already given your sacrifice to Canada, but we are going to delay your payment for that sacrifice for another 50 years’ – how absurd.”
But I think it's fair to say that any bridges the Cons were hoping to rebuild with vets before the election, have just been blown out of the water.
Along with Julian Fantino's gondola...
For he's got some explaining to do:
Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, who is travelling on official business in Italy this week, released a statement saying the government’s action plan “supported by our $200-million investment will further improve an already strong continuum of mental health supports and services.”
And it's not going to be pretty. Because he's now going to have to explain why the Cons stole $1.1 BILLION from the veterans and made a big deal about returning $19.1 MILLION.
And I don't think he can. I don't think anybody could unless they had served some time in prison, for FRAUD.
Oh boy. I think you're going to see a lot of angry veterans on the campaign trail. And I'll be proud to join them.
For all those who still suffer in silence...
And all those who lost hope, and killed themselves.
You know, I can't describe the pain I've seen, or properly describe the grubby way the system treated one of my friends. And how I had to fight so hard to help him it almost killed ME. Or how ashamed I was that this could be happening in Canada. Or how angry it made me to see him humiliated.
At the end of the week like this one, I don't have the strength to tell that story.
Nor can I explain why the Cons are doing what they are doing, or whether it's malice or incompetence, as Bruce Anderson tries to figure out here.
But this is true:
The Auditor-General reveals the department is Scrooge-like when it comes to giving veterans the mental-health services they’re entitled to. We’re talking about people who are seeking medications to deal with the scars they have from service on our behalf. Not all-expenses-paid trips to Florida. The department, apparently, is slow to respond, and says ‘no’ more often than it should.
So is this:
For photo opportunities the Conservatives are happy to stand with Canada’s military personnel. But for help in times of need, not so much.
So this doesn't really matter.
It’s better to believe that this is just breathtaking incompetence. Because to believe that this is truly what this government is made of would feel even worse.
Because what can't be denied is that what's happening isn't just disgraceful and un-Canadian, it's evil. Those who enable evil are by definition evil themselves.
So the vet's message should be a simple one:
The Cons are unfit to be a Canadian government.
And these two
For they really are shameless.
They really are Con artists.
And they're really good to go...
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