I suppose it’s the hypocrisy that bothers me the most.
There was Stephen Harper yesterday, marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, praising the young men of Canada who left their families and jobs to fight, and for many, to die in the ‘Great War’.
The Prime Minister didn’t talk about Sir Robert Borden , the Prime Minister of that time, and that’s regrettable , because the current Prime Minister could learn a thing or two from Robert Borden.
Borden addressed the troops before they went oversees; he told them that Canada was proud of their sacrifice and that Canada would stand with those men upon their return from the war and give our soldiers the help they would need.
Compare that kind of commitment to our troops to the shoddy treatment that the current government offers to Canadian veterans.
In fact, as Stephen Harper praised the valour of those Canadian troops of 100 years ago, his government’s lawyers are arguing in Court that, contrary to what Prime Minister Borden told the troops, the government has no moral or legal obligation to offer full assistance to Canadian veterans.
Closing down veterans offices and denying benefits to injured vets is not the way to thank Canadian soldiers for their valour and sacrifice.
On this 100th anniversary of World War I, Stephen Harper could learn a thing or two from Robert Borden about commitment to our Canadian heroes.