Last year, I vilified the Harper government for going to court to argue that the government had no moral duty of care for Canadian military veterans.
At the time, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau implored the Prime Minister to ‘ live up to our sacred obligation to veterans’ and end the court battle.
Bowing to immense public pressure, the Harper government didn’t drop the case, but they did suspend the legal action.
During the federal election campaign, Trudeau made commitments to re-establish lifelong pensions for disabled veterans.
It looked like veterans had a champion for their cause.
But this week, the Trudeau government filed papers in a BC Court stating that they agree with the previous government’s position that the federal government has ‘ no duty of care’ for disabled veterans and they plan to revive the court action.
Words cannot describe the sense of betrayal that disabled veterans feel right now.
These are Canadian men and women who put their lives on the line in service to our country.
Many bear the life long emotional and physical scars of war and, yes, we do have an obligation to them.
The Prime Minister should heed his own words on this issue; ‘ live up to our sacred obligation to veterans and end this court battle’.