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MILNEWS.ca Highlights – May 27, 2016

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Philippines Kidnapping
#CANvsISIL
Everyone Else Against ISIL
Iraq
Syria
The Kurds
What’s Canada Buying?
Canada’s Saudi Arms Deal
Way Up North
Sexual Assault/Harassment in the CF
Veterans & Helping Veterans
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MILNEWS.ca Highlights – May 26, 2016

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Corporal Christopher Webster, R.I.P.

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Syria
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Alberta Wildfires
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World War One

 

MILNEWS.ca Highlights – May 25, 2016

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Philippines Kidnapping
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Everyone Else Against ISIL
Libya
Syria
Iraq
Internal Security
Khadr Boy
Mental Health in the CAF
Sexual Assault/Harassment in the CF
Veterans & Helping Veterans
Time to Review Canada’s Military
What’s Canada Buying?
Canada’s Saudi Arms Deal
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What’s Canada Buying? May 24, 2015

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24 May 16 at 16:00

MILNEWS.ca Highlights – May 24, 2016

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Philippines Kidnapping
#CANvsISIL
Everyone Else Against ISIL
Iraq
Syria
Libya
The Kurds
Internal Security
What’s Canada Buying?
Time to Review Canada’s Military
Veterans & Helping Veterans
Sexual Assault/Harassment in the CF
Other

 

MILNEWS.ca Highlights – May 23, 2016

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Philippines Kidnapping
Syria/Refugees
Ukraine/Eastern Europe
Way Up North
Internal Security
Canada’s Saudi Arms Deal
Time to Review Canada’s Military
Veterans & Helping Veterans
Other
World War One
War of 1812

 

Liberal Weasel Wording

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I’ve truly tried to give the new federal government the benefit of the doubt, trying to use the same yardsticks to measure them as I’ve used to measure other governments & leaders.

Then, this morning, this paragraph jumped out at me from this article (alternate link here if previous link doesn’t work) on Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr talking about proposed pensions and the court case still in the courts:

“… Hehr told CTV’s Power Play Friday that the government is not “taking veterans to court,” but merely continuing a suit that has been “ongoing for years.” He said the lawsuit “was filed by veterans under the former government as a result of their lack of attention to veterans’ issues.” …”

I’m OK with blaming, in part, the previous government for not doing more.  That said, let’s look at the coloured bits one at a time, shall we?

On the bit in red, the Trudeau Liberals are “continuing a suit”.  Let me put it in short, simple words:

This.  Government.  Could.  Have.  Stopped.  This.  Litigation.

(Before you bash me for being anti-refugee, I’m not — both my parents came here post-WW2 from a war-damaged country.)

It abandoned a case dealing with health benefits for refugees (also here if previous link doesn’t work anymore).

It abandoned another case dealing with rules about country of origin for refugees (also here in case that link doesn’t work anymore).

On that bit in green, both of these abandoned cases were also filed by people “under the former government as a result of their lack of attention” to, in this case, refugee issues.

These were dropped because it was the right thing to do, why wasn’t the veterans’ case dropped?

The government had a chance.

The government chose to continue in court, even when it stopped in other cases.

I continue to remain hopeful about veterans getting what they’re due.  I wish the best of luck to those good people talking to the government on behalf of vets trying to get the best possible deal – keep pressing, all of you.

But I still worry that it’s a potentially huge price tag that prevents quicker action (and kept previous governments, even in a majority position, from going to pensions).  And until someone makes that potential price tag public, nobody’s going to know how much of a sacrifice every Canadian will have to make to support our veterans.

To bastardize the hashtag VAC recommends sharing on Twitter:

#rememberthemonlyincourt


 

Written by milnewsca

21 May 16 at 7:37

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