After a decade of neglect, unspent funding, office closures, staff reductions, ignorant Ministers and blatant misinformation from the Harper government, Canada's veterans are standing against all this and more for Election 42. From a Veteran's Ombudsman that was "not renewed" for doing his job, to the unfair implementation of the Veteran's Charter, to a new generation of veterans that are finding hardship upon discharge, things must change now.
Anyone But Conservative (ABC) was first coined by Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams. In 2014, veteran Ronald Clarke started a campaign called ABC. In 2015, veteran Thomas Beaver joined him and Canadian Veterans ABC Campaign was born. After extensive collaboration with veteran's groups and advocates nationwide, the organization was readied for action. The common issue was that this Conservative government refused to work with anyone.
ABC Veterans 2015 have three main goals. First, the fair treatment of all veterans. Second, to inform the Canadian public how veterans are being treated by this CPC regime. Third, to remove the Harper government from power. This group does not support any political party, but certainly opposes one. This group does not speak for all veterans. Operating expenses are generated by private donations from individuals, sign sales and private business donations. Over 18,000 independent businesses have supported to date. After this election, the group will stay operational and work with the new government to make sure we never get to this place again.
Veterans deserve our respect, our attention and our support. Tune in and learn why "ABC" must happen in October 19th.