As Remembrance Day nears, a split is widening among veterans’ organizations over how to push the Conservative government to improve their treatment of veterans.
Six organizations announced Thursday they’d formed the Canada Coalition for Veterans, and their first action would be to boycott government photo opportunities and announcements.
“They draw us forward, they take the picture and then they don’t do what they promised,” Blais said. “It’s time to stop that.”
But the new coalition does not have the support of the country’s largest veterans’ group, the Royal Canadian Legion, exposing a rift in the vets community over how best to pressure Ottawa over a long list of perceived inadequacies.
One of the new group’s leaders says low-profile advocacy isn’t getting results for troubled and impoverished vets, so it’s time to step up that pressure.
“We’re not vocal enough to make them address it,” Michael Blais, president of Canadian Veterans Advocacy, told Yahoo Canada News on Friday.
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