FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2018
Ottawa, ON – Phil McColeman, Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs, issued a statement ahead of the appearance of Minister O’Regan at the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs:
“Over the past three years, the Trudeau government has repeatedly failed to provide Canada’s veterans with the services and benefits they deserve and need. This failure has real consequences for veterans. We recently learned that over 3,000 veterans had to wait more than a year for their disability claims. Case managers at Veterans Affairs are also referring our veterans to seek emergency help from outside agencies, despite there being an established government relief fund for veterans.
“In the last election, Justin Trudeau promised our veterans that he would restore their lifelong pensions and that they wouldn’t need to fight him in court. Unfortunately, he broke those promises and spent over $40 million taking veterans to court, despite telling those same veterans they were asking for more than he could give. And just days ago, he committed $50 million in taxpayer money to a foreign charity in a tweet to an American celebrity.
“It is absolutely unacceptable that Canadian veterans are not being given priority by this government. They have not had access to the resources and services available to them and Conservatives will be questioning the Minister on how he plans to address the Trudeau government’s failure to prioritize those who have served our country.
“Conservatives believe in providing the best possible services for veterans and their families, and we will continue to call on Justin Trudeau to do better by the men and women in uniform who have served Canada.”
For more information:
Office of Phil McColeman