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Our Duty is a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging citizen involvement in society. We are also the only citizen-based advocacy group working for fair and adequate treatment of Canada’s veterans.

We believe that citizens of a nation have a responsibility to each other, to care for those who sacrifice for our national interest in the Forces and RCMP, and a duty to remind our governments that they serve us, not the reverse. – Jeff Rose-Martland, President


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Ugh, we were invited to stand with Sean in Ottawa today but adverse health precludes travel.

FYI. Will go facetime live this evening at 8 to discuss.

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Liberal Government Can’t Afford Veterans and Now Ottawa Thinks Veterans Don’t Deserve Democracy…nor an Education
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Ottawa: On April 1, 2018, the Trudeau Liberals will implement a number of programs for veterans. We are here because democracy has been manipulated, distorted, and downright ignored so that government can impose half-baked, highly inadequate half-measures that pay lip service to the endless rhetoric about caring for Canada’s veterans and their families.
It is worth emphasizing that all veterans programs have been stickhandled through Parliament over the past 12 years. The programs due to be implemented on April 1, 2018 were quietly hidden in the 2017 budget Omnibus Bill. Not one second of debate was afforded these veterans’ programs. The Veterans Affairs Committee, although directly asked to review the legislation, refused to hold hearings on the programs.
Veterans Affairs Bureaucrats then did what they do best in bamboozling through the regulations, they deceived Parliament, Treasury Board, veterans and the rest of Canada by lying. VAC bureaucrats claim they consulted with the stakeholder committee and the six ad hoc veterans’ advisory groups. They never consulted on any detail of these new programs and then prevented the public, and therefore veterans, from having any input on the regulations.
Veterans Affairs has the audacity to claim in its Treasury Board submission “Given…the absence of major opposition from stakeholders and the general public, it is expected that the regulatory amendments will continue to be well received by CAF members, veterans, families and stakeholder groups.”
Not only can this government not afford veterans, this government apparently believes veterans, who have sacrificed most to preserve democracy, don’t deserve that democracy.
Had democracy been respected we would have learned of more deceptions and shams in the programs themselves.
On Aug 24, 2015, Justin Trudeau while debuting the Liberal campaign platform “Real Change for Veterans” promised “We’ll cover the cost of four years of post-secondary education for every veteran who wants one”.
This education benefit promised to be visionary, akin to a reenergized universal Canadian G.I. Bill. Instead, it is an insult to Canada’s former glory when Canada put over 140,000 WWII veterans through university and trade school training graduating 5,000 teachers, 8,000 engineers, 3,000 doctors, and more than 85,000 veterans in 250 trades
The new program will be so restrictive that only 2000 out of more than 100,000 veterans over a near 20 year period will qualify for “short courses” covering a maximum of $5000. According to the Veterans Affairs submission to Treasury Board, the benefit will pay out only $7 million but cost $12 million to administer over the next 9 years.
For longer courses, veterans must have at least 6 years in the Forces. They can receive up to $80,000 if they have 12 years’ service or more. First Prime Minister Trudeau promised to put $80 million annually into the education benefit, and then Budget 2017 reduced it to $22 million annually over six years. This is enough for a mere 2000 veterans to take college and university programs for those that released from over an 18 year period, from 2006 to 2024.
The final insult, unlike the current US GI Bill, Canada’s few veterans who do qualify will not receive a living allowance but will be taxed on every dollar government puts towards their tuition and living expenses.
Equally disturbing, 500,000 Canadian Forces veterans who released prior to April 1, 2006 are denied this benefit in addition to all of the most disabled and the poorest veterans. Considering the legislation takes on the name the “Veterans Well-Being Act” denying poor and the disabled educational well-being is particularly mean-spirited.
Politicians need to stop expecting veterans will swoon at empty political promises. Canadians may wonder why veterans keep crying foul…it’s because no one in government is listening to veterans, politicians and bureaucrats are listening to their own short-sighted and misinformed advice while democracy is treated with duplicity, and “gratitude to veterans” are merely hollow words.
Veterans deserve far more. Veterans have invested all of themselves so that all Canadians can prosper and live in peace. Canada must invest more into our veterans’ present lives and their futures. Our veterans deserve equal partnership at the democratic and policy table, universal programs for education, transition, and family support as well as a reinstatement of the lifelong Pension Act monthly payments, not scraps and crumbs from capricious campaign promises.
Sean Bruyea
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