Yesterday, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino announced that the government will spend an additional $4 million on TV ads during the hockey playoffs to tell everyone what a wonderful job the government is doing looking after veterans.
Canadian veterans and their families are outraged and justifiably so.
They say that the $4 million should be spent helping vets and their families dealing with PTSD and a multitude of other problems, not on self promotion for the government.
That doesn’t seem to jive with the twisted priorities of this government.
Fantino says the commercials are necessary to clear up misunderstandings about what the government does for vets.
I think we’re pretty clear on how the Harper government treats our Canadian heroes.
They closed down a number of regional V A offices, they’ve denied benefits to a number of challenged Canadian soldiers, and they’re currently in the Courts, arguing that the government has no moral responsibility to care for Canadian soldiers who return from war with severe physical and emotional injuries.
Do we need to remind the Minister of the staggering number of Canadian veterans who have committed suicide ?
Spending $4 million to pat themselves on the back while Canadian veterans continue to suffer is a new low for this government !