Angry veterans today, a unionized Canadian military tomorrow?

by David Bercuson

National Post
September 27, 2018

Canadian governments have been at war with disabled veterans for over one hundred years, and the war is not over yet.

The basic disagreement underlying this war is simple to explain, harder to understand and has been a political football since the First World War.

The veterans claim that since their terms of service came with the understanding that anyone who puts on the Queen’s uniform is agreeing to “unlimited liability,” the government has a duty to care for them after their service has concluded. This latter idea is sometimes referred to as a social contract. In other words, soldiers know and understand that their duty may result in their death or horrible physical or mental wounds. They thus claim that the government, representing the Canadian people, owe them adequate compensation for their wounds.

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