NDP: Lapsed Funding is Robbing Canada's Veterans
November 5th, 2018 - 3:50pm
''Veterans shouldn't be put on hold for hours or redirected half a dozen times before they speak to the right person. And they shouldn't have to wait 6 months before receiving the benefits they rightly deserve,'' said NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. ''It's wrong to make our veterans wait for these services and it’s even worse that they’re being short-changed by hundreds of millions of dollars.''
“This lapsed funding is robbing our veterans and it must end now,” added NDP Veterans Critic Gord Johns. “New Democrats will pressure the Liberal government to respect their obligation to our country's veterans and to make sure the money budgeted for vets is actually spent on vets.”
"I urge all parties to vote in support of the NDP's motion to return unspent budgeted funds to Veterans Affairs, and specifically service delivery to address longstanding complaints within the veterans community,” added Michael L Blais CD, President-Founder Canadian Veterans Advocacy. "Focussing this money specifically on service delivery can only have a positive effect in alleviating the profound disappointment of the multitude of veterans waiting to be treated in a fair and timely manner."