Monday, November 11, 2013
Mike Duffy can get more than $100,000 from the Harper Cons. Canadian soldiers, not so much.
The Harper Cons will, of course, continue to show up for battle honours ceremonies and ribbon-cuttings at memorials. But when it comes to really supporting the troops -- giving them enough money to live on after their service to Canada has cost them their health and their capacity to work - the Harper Cons are nowhere to be found.
Barbara Kay's National Post column demonstrates that the Harper Cons have already forgotten Canada's soldiers:
Today there are more than 76,000 veterans suffering from lifelong disabilities springing directly from their military service, a casualty rate of more than 10%. ... less than 1% of Canada’s veterans are receiving any economic benefits from VAC. VAC recognizes only 1,428 veterans as eligible for economic support until age 65, a mere 0.2% of Canadian Forces veterans. It is estimated that fewer than half are receiving the seriously-injured allowance to which they are entitled.Rick Mercer's rant deserves repeating:
Other federal actions also rankle. Reports suggest veterans are being discharged before they reach the 10-year limit at which they are eligible to receive a pension. And a fund to help pay burial costs for veterans only applies to the most hard-up of cases, excluding almost anyone short of abject poverty.
November 11 has become a shameful day.
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The sad fact is that vast majority of members of the armed forces voted for the HarperCons and the vast majority will again.
My grand father WWI Austrian kings own mountain guard - 1st Kaiser Jäger Regiment, My father a submariner in the British Royal Navy WWII, my mother in the Dutch underground as my aunt. My uncle Royal Dutch Marines captured by the Germans at the outbreak of WWII and served as a POW. The whole of the European side of my family was affected negatively by that conflagration. The entire con party and especially Harper and his henchmen, his cabinet disgust me. They have never been to war and one second they are glamorizing the soldiers whom deserve respect and the next they are cutting off veterans benefits that they have earned and then throwing them out in the street.
They have gall julian fantino under the guise of "salute the soldiers" commandeered my and millions of others computers today. They in the name of Veterans Affairs hacked an applet on to my screen as I was working and no way to get rid of it unless you either twitted them or lost your page by turning it off. How dare they politicize this event and then blame the vets for politicizing who turn their collective backs on the cons hi-jacking the event. The cons each need an IED shoved up their asshole for their outright classless up-staging of this day.
julian demanded a twitter so I gave him one:
"@VeteransENG_CA Screw you for politicizing this event and hacking into my computer and giving me no choice. You have never been to war yourselves, my whole family has, you lazy COWARDLY conservatives."
I stand with the solders my back to the porn stars of politics the political whores of Canada the cons who are contemptibly lacking in the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things. If my mum was still alive she would spit on the con that came to lay the wreath at the cenotaph and she would have a right to do so.
Who doth tarnish this name but the biggest poly-porn-star Canada has ever seen, but harper himself, white trash is he and his ilk!
the Cons like the military when it is all sun shine and shiny medals and rides on helicopters. The aftermath of war, they are not interested in. In the Con world people who are no longer useful are disposable. Wounded solders are just as disposible as Nigel Wright was.
stevie slime wants his cost cutting to continue. he doesn't care how it impacts Canadians. People tend to forget every time old stevie slime comes out and says how much money they are cutting they are cutting programs, be it to First nations children or veterans.
The slimers consolidation of veterans services is simply an ongoing theme in the federal government. harper has been centralizing the federal service since he got into office. this way he can control the workers, reward areas with jobs and forget about the citizens of this country.
You voted for him, now you can live with him, or in some cases die because of him.
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