Skip to main content
Canada’s most-awarded newsroom for a reason
Enjoy unlimited digital access
$1.99
per week
for 24 weeks
Canada’s most-awarded newsroom for a reason
$1.99
per week
for 24 weeks
// //

Veterans applaud during a speech by Liberal leader Justin Trudeau Monday, August 24, 2015 in Belleville, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

The federal Liberals are trying to plant their flag squarely on Conservative territory with a promise to spend $300 million more per year to comprehensively reform veterans benefits and the delivery of services.

Justin Trudeau accuses the Harper government of betraying the generation of soldiers who fought in Afghanistan, promising the Liberals would get right what the Conservatives got "so very, very wrong."

He says the commitments, which include new money for compensating the wounded and expanded benefits for families, would be implemented immediately after taking office.

Story continues below advertisement

The announcement, made in the shadow of the country's largest military air base in Trenton, Ont., was cheered by some of Harper's harshest critics, who say they'll hold the Liberals to account if elected.

Trudeau was circumspect on how he would pay for the promise, noting that the Liberals would release a fully costed platform soon.

Mike Blais of Canadian Veterans Advocacy says the Liberal promise would address every issue wounded soldiers have been fighting for, and would allow a group of Afghan veterans to drop their ongoing class-action lawsuit against Ottawa.

Report an error
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

If you do not see your comment posted immediately, it is being reviewed by the moderation team and may appear shortly, generally within an hour.

We aim to have all comments reviewed in a timely manner.

Comments that violate our community guidelines will not be posted.

UPDATED: Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Read our privacy policy to learn more.
How to enable cookies