McNeil must stand up for veterans

June 13, 2016 at 2:03 pm

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says Premier Stephen McNeil must provide more than just lip service to the veterans who are being denied care at Camp Hill.

“We need action on veteran care,” says Baillie. “It’s a shame that beds are open at Camp Hill while veterans spend their days caught in this bureaucratic nightmare. What has the Premier done about it?”

PC Leader Jamie Baillie

Following last week’s cabinet meeting, the Premier said Petter Blindheim, who served with the Norwegian Royal Navy in Second World War convoys, should be admitted to Camp Hill Veteran’s Memorial hospital. Baillie wants to know what the Premier actually did about it.

Baillie is calling on the Premier, in his role as Minister of Military Relations, to report to the June 21 meeting of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs about what actions he has taken to support veterans who are denied care at Camp Hill. The veterans hospital has thirteen empty beds and now at least two veterans have recently been denied care and left in limbo.

Alan Sagar, who served in the British Royal Navy from 1943 until the end of the war is now also being denied care.

Baillie says veterans like Mr. Sagar and Mr. Blindheim deserve action not talking points.