2:05-:27pm: This week we saw evidence federal government lawyers argued in court in January of this year that the government of Canada has no special obligation to Canada's men and women in uniform, who volunteer and fight for Canada and that there exists no social contract between the federal government and military veterans. This on the same day Prime Minister Harper welcomed the last Canadian troops back from Afghanistan. Federal lawyers argued in court in January that the 1917 pledge by the ten PM Sir. Robert Borden that Canada's "first duty" is to its soldiers who fight, are wounded or die, was nothing more than a political speech. Federal lawyers were arguing against allowing a class-action lawsuit by Afghan war veterans against Ottawa, and the federal governments overhaul of veterans benefits to go forward. Yet Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino argues "some have called the work done by Veterans Affairs to be a duty, a responsibility, a commitment, a social contract or a sacred obligation. I believe it is all of those things." There can't both simultaneously 'be' and 'not be' a social contract between government and the men and women of the military.
Guests: Sgt. Major Barry Westholme, (ret'd) Resigned from the CAF in protest of what he identified as chronic mismanagement of the Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU), designed to care for members of Canada's military, including those with PTSD. Westholm also ended his membership in the Conservative Party of Canada over the government's treatment of veterans and soldiers suffering from PTSD and other mental health issues.
Bruce Moncur. Afghan campaign veteran. Lost 5% of his brain after being shot up by a U.S. A-10 troop and tank killer plane. Lost most of the members of his platoon in this 'friendly fire' incident. Bruce Moncur wrote a widely-circulated in media piece titled "Canada I fought for you and you let me down." He was given the bureaucratic runaround when seeking help and financial compensation, and received a cheque for $22,000. If he'd lost an arm the cheque would have been $250,000. Last year Moncur found out Veterans Affairs had classified his case the same as 'soldiers suffering from headaches.'
2:30-:55: The LAST WORD to Callers on above (Sgt. Major Barry Westholm and Bruce Moncur stay and take calls)