A Broken Faith


Prior to the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917, Conservative Prime Minister Robert Borden said this to the Canadian men in uniform: As you go forward into this action, know that your courage is known to the Nation and know that no man, whether he comes home or remains in Flanders shall have cause to reproach the government for having broken faith. Well flash forward to 2013 –that faith is broken.

Canadian soldiers qualify for a fully indexed pension after ten years of service. And this month as we head into Remembrance Day, our Government has been throwing soldiers out of the service six and seven months shy of that magic ten year mark because they are no longer technically eligible to deploy overseas.

And why can’t they be deployed overseas? Because they are missing limbs; they are blind; they are deaf; they are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. We sent them to Afghanistan, they came back broken and our Government has found a loophole to throw them to the curb, so no pension for them.

How does a government allow this to happen? Canada’s last three Defence Ministers promised over and over again this would never happen. They should all take off their poppies and stab themselves in the head. Cabinet ministers by the way, like all MPs, they qualify for their fully indexed pensions after six years on the job. Not that being a cabinet minister is not a dangerous job. Most of them gain two suit sizes for every year they serve. The threat of adult onset diabetes is real.

But this goes beyond politics. How we treat injured veterans goes to the very heart of what we stand for as a nation. We ask these men and woman to defend us; if we harm them, when they can no longer defend themselves. We stand for nothing.

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