Retired Corporal Dennis Manuge has written a guest post for David Pugliese's Defence Watch blog. He says Stephen Harper must get rid of Julian Fantino as Veterans Affairs Minister. He starts his post with these words:
"Dear Prime Minister Harper
Subject: Call for VAC Minister Fantino’s Resignation
The time is long overdue for you to ask for, and accept, VAC minister
Fantino’s resignation and for you to accept responsibility for the
systemic failures with in the Canadian Forces and Veterans Affairs
Canada; specifically, the treatment of injured and ill service men and
women and veterans who have become disabled during their service.
This last slap in the face to our veterans community, and the over
one billion dollars that has been rolled over from the VAC budget, truly
illustrates your government’s commitment to seeing off disabled service
men and women."
He goes on to recount how Veterans Affairs have wrongly deducted ("clawed back") benefits wounded veterans should have received; paid back a trifling amount when ordered by a court; and, adding insult to injury, transferred a billion dollars back from the veterans affairs account to treasury.
In the United States, the nation has marked the Day of Infamy. These, in my opinion, are Harper's, and the Conservatives', days of infamy.
See Dennis Manuge's letter on the Defence Watch blog.