Thursday, June 16, 2016
The Trudeau Government and the Case of the Injured Veterans
As you know I think Justin Trudeau and his government are doing an amazing job of destroying Stephen Harper's foul legacy.
And have made this country a better place to live in, as well as restored our image abroad.
But that doesn't mean that I agree with everything they are doing.
And I definitely don't agree with this decision.
Justice department lawyers will revive legal arguments advanced by the former Harper government to try to block a lawsuit by six Afghan war veterans intent on restoring pensions for injured and wounded soldiers.
The government's handpicked lawyers will argue that Canada does not have a social contract or covenant with veterans, and that a "scheme providing benefits cannot be said to amount to a deprivation merely because claimant views the benefits as insufficient."
I don't like it because I'm against anything that brings back bad memories of the Harper years...
I don't agree with it because I believe that this country should have a social covenant with soldiers wounded in the service of their country.
And it was a campaign promise.
The Liberal platform in the last election explicitly promised to restore the pension benefit. "We will re-establish lifelong pensions as an option for our injured veterans, and increase the value of the disability award," the platform reads.
So it should not be broken, especially not after the way our vets helped us defeat the Harper regime...
Now I realize that the Trudeau government has allocated more than $4.6 billion over the next three years to boost support for veterans. It has re-opened offices the Cons had closed, and it has increased the disability award.
While also boosting the earnings loss benefit for injured veterans, and expanding access to the permanent impairment allowance.
All of which are huge steps in the right direction, and have made Justin a hero for most vets...
For they understand only too well what might have happened if Harper hadn't been defeated...
Unlike Trudeau haters like the Mound of Sound who is already out of the gate, oozing bile out of every pore, never mentioning the almost $5 billion dollars the Liberals have given the vets.
And making it sound like the Trudeau government has done nothing for our vets, and that Justin is worse than Harper.
As only he could could.
But it is yet another reason why the Liberals need to go the extra mile, deep six that court case, reaffirm that sacred social covenant with our veterans.
And destroy what remains of Harper's legacy...
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