© Guardian photo by Dave Stewart
Veterans and their supporters gather outside the Jean Canfield Building in Charlottetown Friday, Jan. 31, to protest Veterans Affairs district office closures.
Editor: For the first time in my life, I find myself not able to support the Conservative Party. I think the Conservatives have shot themselves in the foot for not keeping the Veterans Affairs offices open.
The only Conservative member on the Island is Minister Gail Shea, but she has to vote on party lines so there will be no help from her. It is too bad and sad that my feelings are that I cannot support the party I always voted for my entire life.
The Conservatives will suffer on the next election but the Minister of Veterans Affairs does not seem to care nor does the Prime Minister that these veterans fought for our country. If it were not for our veterans, our country would not be what it is today.
I ask all veterans, do you want to vote for a government that has turned its back on you?
It is the veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.
It is the veteran, who salutes the flag.
It is the veteran, who serves under the flag.