NEWS ~ Time for Conservatives to respect veterans: NDP

NEW WESTMINSTER – At the beginning of Veterans’ Week, the NDP is denouncing the cavalier manner in how the Conservative government treats those who have bravely served our country.

Local NDP MP Fin Donnelly, (New Westminster—Coquitlam & Port Moody) expressed his dismay at the appalling treatment of veterans: “Canadian veterans bravely served our country and deserve dignity and respect,� said Donnelly. “The Harper government's disregard for our veterans is appalling. It is time for the government to stand up for the men and women who fought for our country�.

Last weekend, it was revealed that nearly 70 percent of applications for financial help to bury homeless or low-income veterans were rejected by the Conservative government.

NDP MP Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) expressed his concern: “I have never seen a government as disrespectful of veterans as the Harper government. The cuts in rehabilitation, in veterans' hospitals and now even the burials are all hurting Canadian veterans. Veterans deserve better!�

This latest report just adds to the many embarrassing failures from the Conservatives on the Veterans Affairs file, from debilitating red tape to failing to transition ill and injured personnel to civilian life to harmful budget cuts.

“When it comes to veterans, the Conservatives promise them so much and deliver so little,� said NDP Veterans critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore). “Military and RCMP personnel have the unlimited liability and we in Parliament have the ultimate responsibility to their and their families’ needs, all the way to and including the headstone.�

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