Veterans Affairs—Comments by Minister—Veterans BenefitsPublished on 27 March 2014 Your Question Period by Senator Joseph Day
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Hon. Joseph A. Day:
My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate, and I bring you a question from Mr. David B. from Grafton, Ontario. He states:
The Question Period for citizens of all political persuasions, (if in fact they have any bent), is a wonderful idea put forward by the Liberal Caucus of the Senate, and I applaud you for thinking of this. Thank you.
I recently had a meeting with my MP, the Hon. Rick Norlock, about the Government’s programs for Veterans. I was shocked and appalled when Minister Fantino said that the unions were manipulating the Veterans, but his apology led us to believe that it was not the Government position.
I was shocked when Mr. Norlock parroted Julian Fantino’s lines. From my conversation with Mr. Norlock, it appears it **is** the Government position! It is appalling that the Government chooses to politicize and demonize the Veterans who have served Canada. The welfare of the men and women who served is not a political matter, and the Government should be ashamed for trying to make it one to serve their twisted ideological goals.
Mr. B. goes on to state:
I have done some research on the Last Post Fund.
Please just flip to the Last Post Fund, because my question will be in relation to that.
It seems that while the Government has made more funds available, the means test is disallowing more veterans, so the funds are not being distributed. Some 60 per cent of applicants are being denied support. When is the Government going to walk the walk, modify an overly restrictive means test, and deliver the funds so desperately needed by some Veterans?
That is the question I’d like you to answer, Mr. Leader: When will the government be modifying the overly restrictive means test?