Below is a recap of who said what first …
Jeff Lehoux, Liberal candidate for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, a veteran, was the first out of the gate to speak about veteran benefits and services. He spoke of his own situation and indicated that a Liberal government would be more open to discussion with veterans. Although Lehoux indicated that, under a Liberal government, injured veterans would be entitled to life long pensions but did not clearly indicate if that was under the Pension Act. The full Liberal policy position concerning veterans is not readily available online.
The following day, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May spoke seriously about veterans’ benefits and services. The Green Party policy position includes increased funding for service dogs, re-opening Veteran Affairs offices, and reinstatement of the Pension Act’s lifetime pension for injuries.
Shortly thereafter Conservative Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole, a veteran, spoke out. The focus of his statement was the improvement of benefits for military veterans. The full Conservative policy position concerning veterans is not readily available online.
Given what has been said, it opens up a series of broad questions:
- Will the Liberals bring back the Pension Act?
- Despite the promise of the Pension Act will veterans hear the Greens?
- Will veterans forgive the Conservatives?
- Has anyone seen anything recent from the NDP?
- What about the Libertarian Party?
- Do independents have anything interesting to say?
As the election progresses, Veteran Watch will provide our assessments. We also need to hear from all of you. What party's policy is speaking to you?