Rick Mercer – RMR – Rick’s Rant – Lest We Forget
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[Richard Vincent “Rick” Mercer (October 17, 1969)] Source: LYBIO.net
As all Canadians know, there’s nothing more moving than watching veterans of World War II or Korea attend a Remembrance Day ceremony. Those people have been there my entire life. But the truth is, as time marches on, Canada loses five hundred veterans of World War II every single week. But they’re not gone yet – there’s still over one hundred thousand of them living in Canada, a fact that is lost on the Federal government. In the last budget, the Finance Minister said that budget cuts wouldn’t affect people because they were ‘back room cuts’. Well, that’s a bit of a stretch, especially if you consider veterans ‘people’. In this year alone, Veterans Affairs is going to close nine offices across Canada. So if you’re a World War II vet and you have a problem, what do you do? Well, you don’t go to an office and talk to a real person – those days are over. There’s a 1-800 number they can call, or – this is my favourite, bearing in mind the average age is 88 – there’s an app they can download to their smartphone that will allow them to navigate the Veterans Affairs website – a website that will send them to the nearest Service Canada office where, if they need to make burial arrangements, they have to take a number and stand in line behind some guy like me who’s waiting to get his passport renewed.
[Rick Mercer] Source: LYBIO.net
I’m sorry, if you fought on the beach in Dieppe and survived, you should not have to spend any portion of your final days on this earth in a Service Canada office. And the fact that a majority of our MPs voted to send those who served on the front lines to the back of the line means ‘lest we forget’ is meaningless. Clearly, we’ve forgotten.
Rick Mercer – RMR – Rick’s Rant – Lest We Forget. There’s an app they can download to their smartphone that will allow them to navigate the Veterans Affairs website – a website that will send them to the nearest Service Canada office. Complete Full Transcript, Dialogue, Remarks, Saying, Quotes, Words And Text.