Kent Hehr is out as Veterans Affairs Minister.
Seamus O’Regan – a Newfoundland and Labrador MP and former TV host – will replace Kent Hehr as Veterans Affairs Minister.
O’Regan will be sworn in today at Rideau Hall.
Hehr had faced substantial criticism, including from Veterans I’ve interviewed. Concerns ranged from the way staff treated Veterans, to his shutting down of Veterans and Veterans supporters comments on his Facebook page, and promises to Veterans being ignored.
With that in mind, Veterans Affairs has been failing Canadian Veterans for many years, including under the previous Conservative government.
The Harper government often seemed more focused on finding savings in the Veterans Affairs department, as opposed to actually helping Veterans. Under Erin O’Toole – who is actually a Veteran himself – things seemed to be improving, and O’Toole won support from many people who saw him as truly understanding the needs of Veterans. Of course, the Conservative government didn’t last much longer.
After a campaign where Justin Trudeau said all the right things to Veterans, he ignored many of the promises he made and the failures of the department have continued, leaving many people feeling betrayed by the Trudeau government.
The appointment of O’Regan is a signal that instead of actually appointing a Veteran who could understand the department and fix the serious endemic problems in it, Trudeau wants a telegenic face to spin the ongoing failure of the VAC to the media and Canadian public.
It’s a sign that the Trudeau government is doubling down on their focus on image at the expense of substance, and it’s not good news for those who want to see VAC finally give our Canadian Veterans the support and funding they have earned through serving our country.
We will see if O’Regan can prove the doubters wrong.
The elites want to hide their many failures behind political correctness, deception, and manipulation. We need to push back and spread the truth.
That’s why I write.
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