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Fantino Says Government to Improve Veteran Benefits
Category: Canada Published on Thursday, 29 May 2014 16:26 Written by Sam Dixon
The government finally decided to answer the increasing criticism about mistreatment of veterans on Thursday, as it announced to unveil new improved benefits. According to an announcement by the Veterans Affairs Minister, Julian Fantino, he's prepared to implement recommendations from a Commons committee studying the New Veterans Charter, which has been panned in some circles.
Addressing the committee, Fantino alleged that "I think the outcome of the review will no doubt address some of the shortcomings in the charter." He added that "what we want to do and what I believe you are trying to do...is to find a way to make it more inclusive, more comprehensive and more effective or beneficial...I'm committed to doing that as well." Fantino had requested the committee to review the charter to address complaints from veterans who say they're being short-changed. In addition to that, Fantino was also blamed for increasing the department's advertising budget by $4 million because opposition MPs claimed that the money should instead go to vets. NDP MP Peter Stoffer claimed to have received several complaints about numerous ads he said were more political than about helping veterans. Liberal MP Frank Valeriote accused the government of promoting itself.
However, rejecting all accusations, Fantino pointed out that the budget was increased to counter "misinformation, miscommunication, confusion and the lack of awareness" about what services are available. He explained that "it's not about advertising on behalf of government," but “it's just trying to reach those who are committed and dedicated to serve and help."