OTTAWA - New Democrat Defence critic Jack Harris today slammed Conservative plans to cut danger pay for Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan and the Middle East. In the face of public outcry, the Prime Minister’s Office has now indicated that it’s reviewing the decision.
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Mr. Jack Harris (St. John's East, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, we will take no lessons on integrity from that member. He is defending one set of rules for the Conservatives, and another one for everybody else and blindly defending a man who made government spending announcements after learning he had violated election laws, a man who had his re-election campaign running before he resigned, a man trying to spend his way out of financial corruption allegations.
The loss of the Cougar Helicopter 4 years ago today still sears the memory of the people of the province and particularly the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives.
Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives are clearly flying blind in the cuts they are making at the Department of National Defence.
Army Commander General Peter Devlin wrote in January in a document outlining cuts that, “The uncertainty created by anticipated additional reductions has yet to be factored in”.
So it will get worse. Everything seems to be open to cuts, from the reserves, civilian staff, to the capacity of the Canadian Forces to carry out domestic operations, including the Arctic.