Remembrance Day is a time to pause and remember the sacrifices made by Canada’s men and women in uniform. In 2018, Canada will mark the 65th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, the 10th anniversary of National Peacekeepers’ Day and the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. During the First World War, more than 650,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders served overseas, while thousands more trained in preparation to join them, and hundreds of thousands of other Canadians worked on the home front to support the war effort. In places like Dieppe, Vimy and Passchendale, entire generations sacrificed to defend freedom, peace and democracy and ultimately established Canada as an independent force on the global stage.
The Conservative Party believes the government should be committed to providing the best possible services and benefits for veterans and their families, in recognition of their service to Canada. We are also committed to keeping the memory of Canadian veterans’ achievements and sacrifices alive through the promotion of public awareness and memorials. We support the Veterans’ Bill of Rights to ensure that all disputes involving veterans are treated quickly, fairly and with the presumption in favour of the rights of the veteran.
We will continue to ensure veterans have the benefits and services they deserve after a life-time of dedication to their country. We are committed to ensuring the veterans of Canada’s wars and peacekeeping operations receive their veterans’ benefits and health care in a timely fashion. We are committed to ensuring that Canada’s veterans’ hospital and various veterans’ wings in regular hospitals are in top working order.
We are eternally grateful for Canada’s Veterans who at great personal cost defend our freedoms. This Remembrance Day, please join me in extending a heartfelt thank you to Canada’s Veterans.
Lest we forget.