A Statement from Leader Karla MacFarlane regarding Christopher Garnier’s PTSD Treatment

August 29, 2018 at 9:20 am

I am outraged by Veterans Affairs Canada covering the costs for a convicted murderer — one who never even served our country!

Let me be very clear: Christopher Garnier should not be receiving help from Veterans Affairs Canada.

Their sole responsibility is to help the men and women who actually served. How is this helping?

Nova Scotian veterans aren’t getting the care they deserve.  I receive calls weekly at my office from vets who need help.

We’ve fought for a veterans’ walk-in clinic at Camp Hill to help all our veterans — and we’ve received nothing from the feds.

We’ve heard tragic stories of veterans who, because of their mental illness, have hurt or murdered their families after not receiving proper help.

Yet Justin Trudeau is handing out mental healthcare to a murderer.

Garnier is not a veteran. He is a murderer. His treatment is being paid for by Veterans Affairs because his father is a veteran.

This is wrong.

This is a slap in the face to the men and women who served our country and who are battling mental health issues because of their service.

Garnier should be handled by the Justice system, not Veterans Affairs.

Today, I’m calling on Stephen McNeil — as Premier of this province and minister responsible for Nova Scotia’s veterans — to send a clear message to Ottawa and publicly denounce this funding.