Remembrance Day and its emblematic red poppy are meant to honour Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice in war, but it’s also come to include surviving veterans and serving military members, especially those scarred by their service.
The Conservative government, which has endured years of criticism for embracing Canada’s military heritage while short-changing its living representatives, insists it’s addressing the problems.
The independent watchdogs, ombudsmen appointed to deal with complaints against the National Defence and Veterans Affairs bureaucracies, agree there’s been progress on some files.
But one of the system’s most ardent critics says nothing has changed.
“Definitely not, not at all,” says retired colonel Pat Stogran, who was appointed Canada’s first Veterans Ombudsman in 2007 but whose contract was not renewed in 2010, reportedly because of his outspokenness.
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