The issue of supporting Canada’s veterans drew a large crowd to the Coast Bastion Hotel, eager to hear what NDP Leader Tom Mulcair had to say on the issue. Mulcair made a stop in Nanaimo on Wednesday afternoon as part of his tour of British Columbia. It was standing-room-only at the town hall style meeting, called “Standing Up for Our Veterans”.
Mulcair said the federal government is getting a failing grade when it comes to providing the help veterans need.
Mulcair says if elected, the NDP would re-open nine Veterans Services offices that are being closed across the country. He also highlighted the need to stop the clawbacks of service pensions for veterans, and offer better mental health support.
Mulcair also got an enthusiastic round of applause when he said the first thing he’d do if elected in 2015 is kill the Harper government’s plan to increase the age of eligibility for Old Age Security to 67.