Letters - Respect for Veterans

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Robert Sopuck, Member of Parliament Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa

Every day, members of our Canadian Armed Forces put on their uniforms and go to work to help maintain the freedoms that Canadians often take for granted. Our troops were on the front lines in the First and Second World Wars, Korea, Afghanistan and Libya. Many more have taken part in peacekeeping missions in many other countries around the world.

As Conservatives, we have, and always will, support our men and women in uniform. Like all Canadians, we will be forever grateful for their service to our nation.

Canadian veterans have asked the Liberal government for the respect and compensation they deserve and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shows them nothing but disrespect. During a town hall meeting in Edmonton a few weeks ago, the Prime Minister told a solider, who lost one of his legs in Afghanistan, that veterans are asking for more than his government is prepared to give right now. This is unacceptable.

This Liberal government managed to find ten million dollars to pay off a convicted terrorist, but is not willing to support the men and women who have made sacrifices for the benefit of all Canadians.

During the 2015 election campaign, Trudeau promised that he would not fight veterans in court, but this has become just another one of many broken promises to Canadians. It is time for him to put the needs of Canadian veterans first.

The Conservative caucus believes that Prime Minister Trudeau should apologize to all the veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces for the insensitive comments he made, and take action to fulfill the promises he made to them during the last election.

Our veterans deserve our respect and support. You can count on me, and my fellow Conservative Members of Parliament, to fight for them every day, because they fought for all of us.