For people who care about Canadian veterans, truthiness of the Conservative government is cringeworthy. Harper’s crowd claims to be:
…unwavering in our devotion to making sure that Canadian veterans not only have the best resources available to them while they’re active, but that they have the support they need once they’ve transitioned to civilian life.
That’s not fact, it’s truthiness.
I published here in 2009 about the Stephen Colbert concept:
Politicians rely on truthiness. They are expert in deception, distraction and obfuscation. They go before the public scripted and rehearsed, carefully coiffed and strictly supervised. Parties don’t want original thought, they want talking points memorized to be repeated without change. Ethics and honesty are nothing; loyalty and tractability are everything.
Lies indicate cowardice. Politicians readily make easy statements but bite their tongues about hard truths. Individuals cast aside long held principles and go along to get along with party leaders and omnipresent apparatchiks. Veracity is so commonly avoided that public office seekers grow comfortable with lying…
In veterans affairs, Conservatives focus spending on photo-op events for politicians. They lavished $28 million on advertising, recreations and presentations to celebrate the War of 1812 but they routinely refuse burial costs for indigent veterans.
Thomas Walkom of The Toronto Star wrote Ottawa glorifies veterans — as long as they don’t cost anything:
Canada’s Conservative government is big on the symbolism of war.
…This government may glorify war in the abstract. But it does not want to pay the price of war — or indeed much of anything else — in the here and now.
…Disabled veterans had to take Ottawa to court once to stop it clawing back portions of their pensions. Now a separate group of vets is suing the government over another pension issue.
…Stephen Harper’s government spent $750,000 in legal fees fighting its own vets and conceded defeat only after the judge ruled Ottawa’s clawbacks blatantly unfair.
…In 2010, Patrick Stogran, at the time official ombudsman for veterans, slammed the government for its efforts to stiff those wounded in battle.
The government responded by refusing to renew Stogran’s appointment…
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