To cut or not to cut Veterans Affairs

The House will vote this evening on an NDP motion to exempt Veterans Affairs from budget cuts.

That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) honour the service of Canadian military and RCMP veterans and their families by committing to not cut Veterans Affairs Canada in the upcoming budget; and (b) provide programs and services to all military and RCMP veterans and their families in a timely and comprehensive manner.

Yesterday’s debate on the motion starts here. Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney’s speech in response is here.

Update 1:41pm. The government side has proposed amending the motion so that it reads as follows:

That, in the opinion of this House, the government should: a) honour the service of Canadian military and RCMP veterans and their families by committing to maintain Veterans’ benefit and b) provide programs and services to all military and RCMP veterans and their families in a timely and comprehensive manner.




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To cut or not to cut Veterans Affairs

  1. They’d better start pumping Anders full of coffee, post haste.

    • If budget allocation alone addressed problems, there would be no pressing issues among Canada’s native population, for example.

      Exempting veterans affairs from austerity measures can ultimately be a crass and self-interested exploitation of those who have served, if the commitment and interest in their welfare runs no deeper.

  2. Just the NDP protecting all those public service union jobs.  Yawn.

    There is so much red tape at Veterans Affairs just to service certain programs.  How many people/man-hours does it take to manage the VIP for house cleaning allowances for windows of veterans?  They have to apply for it, be sent the forms, have the cleaner sign off on it every time the service is done, submit the forms for payment, wait to have a cheque/deposit done.

    • I imagine you are an expert bureaucrat with years of close knit experience with Veteren’s Affairs to make such sweeping calls, no?

      • Ha!  Worked in enough Fed departments in Ottawa to know how inefficient bureaucracies are.

        • Harper seems to have been able to whip Environment into the shape he wanted.

    • Harper’s had 6 years and pretends veterans are a priority for his government.  If he  would listen to the Ombudsman, but instead  he is under attack.  Blaming the bureacracy at this point is just ridiculous.

      • Oh for Pete’s sake – stop with the partisan. 

        Big changes happening in that actuary’s are indicating there will be a sharp decline in the number of veterans over the next few years – most WW2 are in their late 90′s.

        We are still finding out what the specific needs are for Afgan. vets.

        Did you know that some of the WW1 vets that were exposed to mustard gas were kept alive for years suspended in vats of oil at the Veterans Hospital in Ottawa?

        • WWII vets are being jerked around by VA – are you allright with that?  I can appreciate the department is now faced with increased numbers following Afghanistan.  But why attack vets coming forward with complaints about how they’re being treated?   They are the client, the VA is there to serve them.   

  3. Of course they gotta cut VA. Listen, Tony C. stood up and made an ass of himself
    day after day with the census thingy. They took some millions from border services
    and built him a bunch of stuff for which the local booboisie probably awarded him
    member-for-life status. All good.
    So, ya gotta expect that the intrepid Deano D. has a strong bid in to be rewarded
    for his frequent face plants …. I dunno, a museum consisting of shrubbery pruned
    in the shape of used cars, maybe ..and the money gotta come from somewhere.

    • I am imagining Dean del Mastro in topiary…

  4. Well, you either side with the NDP or you side with the Taliban. QED.

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