To the editor,
I find it tragically ironic that as the Canadian infantry were fighting for the liberation of Rome in 1944, sustaining the heaviest losses of all Allied forces in that Italian campaign, our Veterans Affairs minister, Julian Fantino, and his Italian family were just beginning to enjoy the benefits of freedom won for them with the blood of Canadian boys.
Perhaps the most heart-wrenching thought of all is that survivors of that campaign to liberate Fantino's Italian homeland are among the very Canadian veterans he seems to hold in such contempt.
His cold-hearted treatment of elders and vets, and of disabled and infirm, with Prime Minister Harper's support, clearly demonstrates a determination to balance the budget on the backs of anyone who is already powerless and marginalized.
Any so-called "apology" he made to the vets for his offensive disrespect – one read from cue cards – isn’t worth the paper it was written on.