EDITORIAL: A good day to make good

Remembrance Day would be a perfect time for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make good on one of his campaign promises

The list of promises made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the campaign trail was long. It’s up to the opposition and the media to keep track of those promises — a failure to deliver by the Liberals will only add to the cynicism about politics and politicians that prevails in our country today.

One of the more shameful things Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are guilty of was their treatment of Canadian veterans. This from a prime minister and party which liked to talk tough about fighting terrorism and got us involved in a number of conflicts abroad.

Nine regional Veterans Affairs offices were closed in the country under the Conservatives and there were estimates that more than $1 billion was budgeted but unspent on veterans’ issues.

“Canadians know this is wrong. A government led by me would make this right,” the Toronto Star, Canada’s biggest daily newspaper, quoted Trudeau saying on the campaign trail in August.

The Star report said Trudeau has pledged to bring back lifelong pensions for injured veterans, a new education benefit, more money for the Last Post fund, which provides funding for the funerals of veterans in financial need, and act on recommendations to enhance the delivery of mental-health services.

Trudeau cited the casualties of Canada’s Afghan mission — 158 killed — and noted that the number of suicides in the armed forces has been higher, at 170 since 2004.

“Thousands more were wounded or suffer still from post-traumatic stress disorder,” The Star quoted Trudeau saying. “We owe a sacred trust to veterans and their families.”

The Liberal leader promised to reverse the Conservative cuts by reopening the regional Veterans Affairs offices and hiring 400 front-line service workers.

Promises like these aren’t always fulfilled. Or they are pushed back in the mandate, meaning the party in power can keep saying they intend to do it, but have four years to get it on the table, so the pressure is off.

Trudeau, however, told the crowd and reporters at the campaign stop in Belleville, near the Trenton air force base that these changes would happen immediately.

It’s been less than a week since Trudeau and his cabinet was sworn in — hardly time to learn a new e-mail address, let alone put in motion new policy with big dollars attached. But he did say immediately.

What better time to announce some details and timing than Remembrance Day, tomorrow.

We look forward to that announcement and we hope to see the Remembrance Day ceremonies in Bowser, Qualicum Beach and Parksville well attended. Lest We Forget.

— Editorial by John Harding

Just Posted

Search is on for parties to build $10.7M Bowser sewage project

Further investigation of land disposal option rejected by RDN board

Parksville council won’t ban single-use plastic bags

Politicians vote 6-1 against proposed bylaw

RDN dealing with high interest in backyard cannabis production

New policy proposed to address challenges with Health Canada licences

Qualicum Beach doles out Community Awards

Jacobson is Citizen of the Year; new mayor Wiese named top newsmaker

Finalists announced for annual Business Achievement Awards

Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce honours individuals, businesses

Fashion Fridays: Must-have wardrobe basics

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Guards protest firing of fellow officers charged with assault at B.C. prison

Corrections officers demonstrated in Maple Ridge on Friday afternoon

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

Skier dies at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Cause of death for young man has not been released

R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse

R&B star has been accused of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls for years

More sailings coming to 10 BC Ferries’ routes

Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said the sailings were originally cut in 2014

Nanaimo Clippers say former CEO overcharged, took liquor sales money

Ownership group of B.C. Hockey League team files lawsuit in Supreme Court

Cryptocurrency exchange CEO who suddenly died leaves Kelowna house in will

Gerald Cotten, holding the keys to money tied up in his virtual currency exchange, died in December.

Regulator’s report, coming today, unlikely to settle Trans Mountain pipeline battle

The Trans Mountain pipeline will remain a controversial topic both in the political ring and out

Most Read