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Veteran advocate joins forces with PC party

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Former veterans' ombudsman Pat Strogan is joining forces with the small but insistent Progressive Canadian Party.

Strogan is endorsing the PC party and its leader, Sinclair Stevens, because of the party's stance on assisting Canada's war wounded.

"They want to develop a platform to eliminate the insurance company mentality that grips Veterans Affairs Canada." said Strogan.

The office of the veterans' ombudsman was created by the Conservative government, but Strogan's contract was allowed to lapse last fall. The retired colonel slammed the door on his way out, accusing the Conservatives of abandoning young soldiers wounded in Afghanistan by enacting the New Veterans Charter in April, 2006, drastically reducing disability payments.

The changes were initially introduced in the House of Commons by former prime minister Paul Martin's Liberal government.

Strogan said he initially blamed only the bureaucracy, but says his cries for reform fell on deaf ears.

"The shame lies with the Harper government " Strogan said. "What the Harper government did was a dliberate act to cheat veterans and hold them hostage in this election. That is an error of commission."

 

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by Kris Sims

 

Source: torontosun.com


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