William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

NDP MAKING POLITICAL BROWNIE POINTS AT THE POLLS?

The Agent Orange faux pas raises its ugly head once again!
What did the Yank Government give to their suffering men?
Canada’s package to some might seem a bit funny:
Giving medical treatment, pensions, and money!

Twenty Thousand bucks from VAC doesn’t seem like a lot
But surely it’s better than what they previously got?
Not being a Doctor I don’t have the answer!
Are these defoliant chemicals a cause of cancer?

The NDP use suffering soldiers to politically trash
A Tory attempt at some re-imbursement by cash.
Was Taliban Jack in that Government of the Day
When the troops were crawling through the spray?

What action by the Liberals… along with the critical NDP:
At least this makes a good story for the trough feeding CBC!
Isn’t it the poor bastard soldier subjected to the spray
Who is the ultimate victim at the end of the day?

CBC News/New Brunswick News Article of September 14, 2007

NDP Wants Veterans Affairs Minister to Resign Over Agent Orange Deal

The federal New Democratic Party is calling for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson for failing to adequately help people affected by the use of Agent Orange in the mid-1960s at Base Gagetown in New Brunswick.

“Mr. Thompson, in my view, has lost the confidence of our party in handling this issue. I gave him the benefit of the doubt for 18 months,” NDP Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer said Friday at a news conference in Halifax.

“I said to him personally, and in committee, that I’m willing to work with him to address the exact same issues that he said in Opposition. But he has failed miserably.”

When Thompson was in the Opposition, he called for a much broader compensation package and a full inquiry into the use of defoliant chemicals like Agent Orange at Gagetown, Stoffer said.

Because of that, he said, Thompson should now resign as minister of Veterans Affairs.

Thompson announced Wednesday that the federal government would spend $96 million to compensate people exposed to chemical defoliants. That translates to a one-time, lump-sum payment of $20,000 to each veteran who qualifies for compensation for health problems they say are caused by the defoliants.

The U.S. military tested Agent Orange, Agent Purple and several other powerful defoliants on a small section of the base over seven days in 1966 and 1967.