Provinces may lose millions in care for veterans, MP says
Veterans, sitting under portraits of Nova Scotia premiers, listen as Peter Stoffer, MP for Sackville-Eastern Shore, addresses a news conference at the legislature in Halifax on Friday, April 13, 2012. (Andrew Vaughan / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Friday, April 13, 2012 12:24PM EDT
HALIFAX - The federal NDP says the provinces stand to lose millions of dollars in federal funding for the care of veterans after those who served in the Second World War and Korean War die.
Veterans affairs critic Peter Stoffer says Ottawa will download the cost of long-term care beds for veterans to the provinces after those who served in those wars die.
The Nova Scotia MP uses as an example his province, which he says will lose $41 million in annual funding to run 334 long-term care beds.
Stoffer says he has not been given figures for other provinces, but he adds they too can expect to bare a large burden.
He says he believes the federal government is morally responsible to provide funding for veterans' care, regardless of what war they served in.