Tory, NDP, Liberal MPs, Senators have war stories
Tory MP Corneliu Chisu’s ‘blackest week’ during his seven months as a combat engineer in Kandahar in 2007 was when nine Canadian soldiers were killed in seven days.
Liberal Senator Romeo Dallaire, a former Canadian Forces lieutenant-general, was denied permission to intervene in the Rwandan genocide in 1994 as part of the UN Assistance Mission, leaving him and a small contingent of peacekeepers to witness a massacre that claimed more than 800,000 lives in less than 100 days. Sen. Dallaire, who suffers from PTSD today, marks Remembrance Day at home with his family. NDP MP Djaouida Sellah was a civilian doctor in the First Gulf War in Baghdad, Iraq; Conservative MP Corneliu Chisu was posted in Afghanistan and Bosnia; NDP MP Christine Moore was a reservist with the 52nd Field Ambulance; and Conservative MP Ted Optiz has more than 30 years of military service.