When I heard the news that Julian Fantino had met with a group of veterans in an apparent effort to rebuild all those bridges he has blown up in the last few years, I was suitably impressed.
Until I found out the meeting was at the Citadel in Quebec City, not Ottawa as is usually the case. So he could get as far away from the Parliamentary media as possible, short of heading for Tuktoyaktuk.
Or Stephen Harper’s closet.
And that veterans who weren’t prepared to join the choir and sing along with him, weren’t invited.
When Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino sits down with several veterans organizations in Quebec City’s historic Citadel on Wednesday, there will be some groups on the outside looking in.
Fantino’s department has snubbed groups who’ve loudly criticized the Conservatives’ implementation of the contentious New Veterans’ Charter, freezing them out of an annual stakeholders’ meeting, which they’d previously attended.
They had been frozen out by Fantino and his flunkies, AND the Royal Canadian Legion.
“What’s interesting is the same groups that aren’t invited to the legion one are the same ones that aren’t invited to the minister’s one, which shows a degree of collusion between the legion dominion command and the minister’s office, which is disturbing to say the least,” said retired air force captain Sean Bruyea, a blogger and veterans’ advocate.
Which as I pointed out yesterday, is also known by some these days as the Royal CONadian Legion.
But if the Great Fantini was hoping this cozy meeting would help rebuild bridges or repair his tattered image he was sadly mistaken.
For no sooner had the meeting ended than he was hit by this Con seeking missile.
Veterans Affairs Canada has returned $1.13 billion to the federal treasury in unspent funds since the Conservatives came to power in 2006 — cash that critics say should have gone towards improved benefits and services.
Can you believe it? While veterans suffered, and soldiers suffering from PTSD killed themselves…
Those grubby Cons have been balancing the budget on their backs.
So they can use that stash of cash to BRIBE voters.
“The deputy ministers … have obviously been told by the higher-ups that, ‘This money has to come back to us in order for us to have our books balanced, and that way we can use that money for other purposes, like income-splitting.”‘
And try to BUY the next election.
Is that classy or what?
Is THAT what our soldiers died for on the beaches of Normandy?
And all I can say is so much for rebuilding those blown up bridges. So much for Julie’s new image…
And so much for Stephen Harper, our would be Great Warrior Leader.
We shall use all of this against them in the next election.
And as the Royal Conadian Choir sings “Hark the Harper Angels Sing.”
They’ll all go down together…