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The Hon. David P. Smith, P.C., Q.C., B.A. LL.B. Appointed to the Senate by the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien, Senator David Smith represents Ontario, and has served in the Senate since June 25, 2002.

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Statement made on 15 September 2009 by Senator Joan Fraser

Hon. Joan Fraser:

Honourable senators, I have a question for the Leader of the Government in the Senate with overtones or possible implications for her role in connection with seniors.

This government tells Canadians regularly, and with some pride, how supportive it is of Canada's Armed Forces and its veterans. However, today we learned that there has been a change in the government's policy for veterans who are on the waiting list to be admitted to the veterans' hospital at Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, which is a wonderful institution but has a waiting list.

Until now, veterans who were on the waiting list who can no longer live at home and who need to be in a residence someplace have been able to receive a subsidy for the fees of such a residence while they wait to enter the hospital. Apparently, new veterans coming onto the list will no longer be able to receive a subsidy.

Why would this government abandon those veterans at their time of greatest need?

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