The following is a full copy of the letter Harold Leduc recently wrote to the prime minister. In an earlier article written by the Canadian Press’ Murray Brewster, only a portion of it was quoted. In light of today’s story from Afghanistan where an American soldier launched into a lone massacre of 16 village people near Kandahar, we cannot ignore the mental and psychological damage soldiers and veterans are enduring because of service under combat conditions and the fallout of innocent life because of it. Harold is asking our prime minister for help, as are all our service veterans. BONNIE
March 7, 2012The Right Honourable Stephen Joseph Harper Prime Minister of Canada Ottawa, Ontario
Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
Please accept this open letter as a request for assistance.
Mr. Anders’ recent behaviour confirms I’ve fallen victim to a greater systemic disrespect of Veterans. This is evidenced by the privacy breaches that impact my independence as a Member of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board and re-injured my PTSD driving me to suicidal thoughts. Even the Canadian Human Rights Commission couldn’t stop the abuse.
The attacks against me as a Member of VRAB are also aimed at disabled Veterans who appear before us.
The Minister of Veterans Affairs is hiding behind VRAB’s independence. He alone has the responsibility to investigate the conduct of VRAB’s Governor in Council appointed members under section 42 of the VRAB Act. An investigation I’ve requested since 2009.
It seems the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that Veterans have sacrificed to defend does not apply to us because this is the third letter I’ve written asking you to stop the abuse. Veterans shouldn’t have to beg for protection of our fundamental rights as citizens after serving our Country.
This is not a personal issue between us nor any other government official. It’s an matter of a breach of public trust and the social contract between Veterans and the people of Canada that shakes the foundations of our Country’s high moral values.
Margaret Thatcher once said, “I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that, in the end, good will triumph.”
Other Veterans and I have faced evil in the name of privacy breaches and adverse behaviour. I’m optimistic that you can make good prevail.
I implore you, Mr. Prime Minister, to show that the harm from these privacy breaches is taken seriously. Please stop the abuse, investigate the disrespect and fix the human damage before another disabled Veteran is harmed or takes their life.
Harold Leduc, MMM, CD.
Cc: His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, The People of Canada
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