QUESTION PERIOD: Veteran's Deserve Veterans Care Beds

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, after promising Colonel Neil Russell, a 33-year veteran with the air force, a long-term care bed in Parkwood Veterans Hospital, Veterans Affairs is backtracking. Colonel Russell will have to pay the province for the bed.

This is a betrayal of the men and the women who have served our country. Veterans are not a provincial responsibility. When will Veterans Affairs Canada stop this demeaning and adversarial process and take care of all of our veterans?


Hon. Steven Blaney (Minister of Veterans Affairs, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to confirm to the hon. member that we take care of all veterans and especially those who have an injury that requires long-term care. That is why we are providing them with our community beds throughout the country, where they want and as they want it.

I invite the NDP member to support our initiative. We are seeking their support. We are investing as much as we can for veterans. We would like to have their support once in a while.