Editor: Several years ago, I met up with some veterans from Australia, and the U.S. They were envious of our Veterans Affairs support. Oh how the times have changed. I am embarrassed as to how the Veterans Affairs Minister has treated the very people he swore he would serve. The arrogant, disrespectful and condescending manner in which he handled himself with the veterans who travelled across this country to meet him is just an example as to how this government has handled this matter.
Where are our MPs representing P.E.I? They have been mainly silent on this manner. Take for example the meeting several weeks ago with Peter Stoffer, an NDP MP from N.S. who came to P.E.I. to raise concerns about the office shutdown in P.E.I. because no member from P.E.I. would not/did not take up this cause. Nor when Minister Fantino held a meeting at the legion there was no representation from our MPs.
Our premier is more worried about job losses at Veteran Affairs than the impact of loss of services to veterans. An example of how this provincial government thinks about the veterans is the new licence plates. When I went to renew my car registration I was told to use my old one because they were not making new veterans plate and had no plans in the future. I guess veterans do not need the new safer reflective licence plates.
Veterans are not a commodity like wheat or cattle yet somehow this is how they are being treated. Anybody can make a case for downsizing and saving money yet what about the real reason Veteran Affairs was first put into place. That reason is to help the men and women who have served this country and now need their help in getting the assistance that some so desperately need. This loss of services must not continue but I feel that our appeals are falling on deaf ears and we will soon be forgotten until Nov. 11 where all of a sudden every politician will once again jump on the veterans bandwagon.
Brian Hills, Lt (N) retired,