Justin Trudeau Must Keep his Promises to Veterans

December 20, 2017

OTTAWA, ON – Phil McColeman, Conservative Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs, today issued the following statement in response to the Trudeau government’s announcement regarding veterans’ pensions:
“Justin Trudeau promised Canadians that if they voted for him he would re-establish lifelong pensions for injured veterans.  Today’s announcement falls short.  Justin Trudeau also promised that veterans would never be forced to fight their own government for the support and compensation that they have earned, but he broke that promise.  And Justin Trudeau promised to make it easier for veterans to access services, yet under his watch the number of veterans waiting for disability benefits has ballooned to more than 29,000 and disabled veterans are losing their case managers due to Liberal policy changes.
“The Liberals have repeatedly demonstrated that they neither adequately grasp the issues affecting veterans, nor intend to honour the promises they made to veterans during the 2015 election campaign.  In fact, today the Minister of Veterans Affairs acknowledged that veterans will have to wait until 2019 to receive their benefits.
“Canada’s Conservatives believe in upholding the sacred covenant that exists between the Government of Canada and our veterans. This means providing the best possible services and benefits for veterans and their families, in recognition of their service to Canada. It’s Justin Trudeau’s responsibility to fulfill the promises he made to our veterans.”