$37-million spent on veteran legal costs a ‘broken promise’: critics
By Samantha Wright AllenApr. 11, 2018
Despite ongoing court action, Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O'Regan says the government 'does not take veterans to court,' with most of the disclosed expenses going to support legal fees and a review board to support redress programs to keep vets out of the courts.
Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O'Regan is defending the more than $37-million shelled out by the Liberal government since 2016, of which more than $1.3-million covers legal fees fighting court cases launched by veterans. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The Liberals have spent at least $37-million since January 2016 on legal proceedings with veterans in a move opposition MPs and the veterans they’re fighting in court say represents a broken platform promise.
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