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Liberals’ plan for veterans: numbers don’t add up

Opinion|By Sean Bruyea
The more Canadians and veterans learn of the 2019 Liberal programs, the more the confusion and anger grow. How do we survive the dizzying daze induced by trying to understand veterans’ benefits?
Opinion|By Sean Bruyea
Canada's serving and retired military members were recently handed a most devastating defeat. However, Ottawa should reign in any festive celebration. This ruling shows Ottawa has been wooing men and women into military uniforms for…
Opinion|By Sean Bruyea
OTTAWA—If the first public comments of newly appointed Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan are anything to go by, veterans and the governing Liberals should be worried. The Trudeau government will have to understand veterans far…
Opinion|By Sean Bruyea
OTTAWA—Removing Minister Kent Hehr from Veterans Affairs Canada was the right thing to do. The new minister, Seamus O’Regan, must do better. Just six days prior, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commemorated the calamitous losses Canadians…
Opinion|By Sean Bruyea
OTTAWA—Fierce and passionate responses surround Omar Khadr’s reported $10.5-million settlement. Some have compared the amount to what Canada begrudgingly gives its soldiers injured and killed in the line of duty. We should listen to them.…
Opinion|By Sean Bruyea
OTTAWA—They have been called our “best kept secret." Will the current government’s defence policy review and decades of tight-fisted budgets continue to relegate the centres that serve our nation’s military and veteran families to social…
Opinion|By Sean Bruyea
OTTAWA—With widespread tensions simmering just beneath a deceptively calm public profile, injured veterans and their families are running out of patience. The 2017 Liberal budget was no doubt intended to turn down the heat, but…
Opinion|By Sean Bruyea
OTTAWA—Honouring Canada’s fallen in war has been increasingly widespread. Honouring the living with dignity has often been a struggle, especially for government. Paying injured veterans one-time lump sums for pain and suffering is neither dignified…
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Opinion|By Sean Bruyea
Veterans and Canadians better stop holding their breath. Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent Hehr is way behind schedule and doesn’t have the oomph to fulfill his mandate letter. Ultimately, Prime Minister Trudeau and the Liberal…
Opinion|By Sean Bruyea
OTTAWA—The federal government is holding yet another stakeholder summit on Oct. 5-6 in Gatineau, Que. Veterans Affairs Canada claims such “engagement” fulfills requirements to consult with stakeholders. In reality, summits like other government tactics over the…
Opinion|By Sean Bruyea
OTTAWA—“Got your six” also means “I’ve got your back." It is the cultural bedrock of how military members look after each other. Canadian Forces members, veterans, and other Canadians increasingly perceive senior military ranks and…
Opinion|By Sean Bruyea
OTTAWA—What the Liberals give, bureaucrats can take away. On Oct. 1, Liberal campaign promises to improve the lives of veterans begin to take effect. All that flashy political and bureaucratic rhetoric, however, has a dark underbelly.…
Opinion|By Sean Bruyea
The national leadership of the Royal Canadian Legion faces a crisis in confidence with its membership along with Canada’s veterans. All Canadians should be concerned with this, given the legion’s responsibility for the poppy symbol…
Opinion|By Sean Bruyea
"Seamless transition" is the latest buzzword for helping Canadian Forces members and their families releasing into a new civilian life. Throwing money at the same programs while focusing principally upon the most severely wounded chips away,…
Opinion|By Sean Bruyea
OTTAWA—Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is set to host their most elaborate dog and pony "consultation" show to date, all in the name of caring for veterans. Under the stewardship of Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent…
Opinion|By Sean Bruyea
OTTAWA—"Plus ça change…" the more things stay the same is a humiliating truism for veterans. Has a well-intentioned minister of Veterans Affairs been co-opted by a cliché? This past week, a ministerial advisory group met…
Opinion|By Sean Bruyea
Cautious optimism has infected veterans and Canadians alike hoping that injured veterans’ lives will be made better under the current Liberal government. Even with the usual bureaucratic shenanigans underway, the budget announcements, if done right,…

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