Questioning the Prime Minister, Where's the Plan for Veterans?
December 12th, 2017 - 3:56pm
Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, with less than a third of cases actually meeting departmental targets, the government is barely paying lip service to veterans. The department remains understaffed, thanks to Conservative cuts and the Liberals' failure to hire enough staff to meet increased demands, and veterans are still waiting to hear what the government's new promised pension scheme will be.
What is the delay? Where is the plan? Will the minister release his plan for our country's veterans before the House rises?
Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the fact is that we have worked very, very hard over the past two years to restore the kinds of benefits that our veterans deserve and that they did not get under 10 years of a Conservative government. There is much to do and there continues to be more to do, and we look forward to continuing to work with veterans groups to ensure that the new lifelong pension is restored to the level that everyone can expect. These are the kinds of things that we know need to happen, and they need to happen right, and that is why we are taking it so very, very seriously.