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With lawsuit looming, Fantino asks for clarity on Canada’s obligation to vets


 

OTTAWA – Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino has asked a House of Commons committee to spell out precisely what kind of social and legal obligation Canada has to its soldiers.

The issue is at the heart of a class-action lawsuit underway in B.C., where veterans of the Afghan war say they are being discriminated against by Ottawa’s new benefits system.

The Conservatives, who bill themselves as champions of Canadian soldiers, faced intense criticism last summer when federal lawyers filed their defence in the court case.

Justice Department attorneys argued Canada has no extraordinary obligation to care for wounded and broken veterans, despite pledges of previous governments dating back to the First World War.

Fantino wants MPs to define what Canada’s shared duty and responsibility should be for possible inclusion in the veterans charter.

The Commons veterans committee is currently studying whether changes to the charter, made in 2011, are having the desired effect.


 

With lawsuit looming, Fantino asks for clarity on Canada’s obligation to vets

  1. Maybe there is no legal requirement to care for veteran soldiers, but the governemnt should willingly shoulder the burden. Our soldiers are often among the first victims of our government foolish decision to go to war, and we can’t turn our backs on our obligation to these poor souls.

  2. Fantino (way in over his head), tu es brute!

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