‘Shame on Foote,’ says Defence minister

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While Judy Foote laid criticism on the federal government in a prepared release this week regarding the National Day of Honour, a spokesperson for the federal minister of Defence is calling her words a “shame.”

Foote had said the Federal government upset families of fallen soldiers by telling them to pay their own way to the National Day of Honour, which is meant to recognize their sacrifice.

She said despite Robert Nicholson, the minister of National Defence saying the federal government will support those individuals, that government is offloading that commitment to charity – which is desperately trying to find the funds to cover the expense.

Nicholson was not made available for an interview Thursday. However, a spokesman said the National Day of Honour, taking place today, should be a day where parliamentarians can put aside their differences and pay tribute to the more than 40,000 Canadians who served bravely in Afghanistan.

“It is a shame Liberal MP Judy Foote is using this special day for our veterans to divide Canadians,” he said on behalf of the minister.

The spokesman said while Liberal MPs criticize the Day of Honour, the Conservative government is committed to honouring our men and women in uniform, as well as the families of our fallen soldiers, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the nation.

Organizations: National Defence, Federal Government

Geographic location: Afghanistan

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