What has happened to my country, Canada? We have a Conservative majority government now in power who wants to bring Canada into multiple military conflicts, whether they are legal or not. First it was Afghanistan, we were told we would be there helping to rebuild but instead we had 158 of our soldiers brought home in caskets. Then we were told that we did not know the prisoners we handed over to the US were tortured, although we found out later we did know and did it anyway. Then Canada had to send special forces into Iraq, to assist our allies and now we are there on the front lines supposedly training Kurdish fighters, until one of them turns his gun on our soldiers and kills one. Now the latest Conservative craze is to send our soldiers into battle against the newly created ISIS in Iraq and Syria, not bothering to tell us that they know who has funded and armed this ISIS creation. How many of our soldiers will die for this battle?
Today, our Prime Minister who has never been in a war is sending Canadian troops to the Ukraine to assist in standing against Russia. Sadly, when some of these men and women who have stood proudly for Canada do come home, they will be ignored, and mistreated by this very same government. They will have to fight for their medical benefits and their pstd medications. This is why there is a veteran's network that has formed all across Canada, to oppose the Conservative party in this fall's federal election. The majority of Canadians do not want the Military Industrial Complex running our government and country, but in order to change this we must change the party in power.
-By Bev Collins