PRESS RELEASE | Hayes Negligent, Liberal’s Committed to Veterans


For Immediate Release

August 25, 2015

Brian Hayes has to start paying attention to our community. 

Sault Ste. Marie – In a press release earlier today, local Conservative party candidate Brian Hayes suggested that the United States would not implement a “Buy American” policy because it would negatively affect its economy.

“Brian Hayes is obviously not aware of the US Department of Transportation’s Buy American policy which has a direct and negative effect on our own steel industry.” says Terry Sheehan, Liberal candidate for Sault Ste. Marie and area. He goes on to say, “It is bothersome that Brian Hayes would not know about a policy that has such a direct effect on our community, because he should be lobbying against it. I am committed to working with Essar Steel Algoma and all steel manufacturers in Canada to make sure that they have access to as many markets around the world as possible.”

As Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie and area, Terry Sheehan will champion opportunities for local businesses and industries and pledges to be their strong voice.  Mr. Hayes’ statement this morning is evidence that he does neither.

For Immediate Release

August 25, 2015

Liberal Party Committed to Canadian Veterans

Sault Ste. Marie – “After a decade of Stephen Harper’s neglect, Liberals will make major new investments to give veterans the future we owe them,” said Terry Sheehan, Liberal candidate for Sault Ste. Marie and area.

“For ten years, Stephen Harper draped himself in the Canadian flag, then betrayed the men and women who fought for it. Our veterans represent the best of what it means to be Canadian. Our brave women and men in uniform have committed to putting their lives on the line for our country and with that commitment comes personal sacrifice,” said Sheehan.  “It’s clear that the overwhelming majority of our service men and women feel disrespected and abandoned by this government when they return home. We have a social covenant with Canadian veterans and their families – an obligation that absolutely must be met with the utmost respect and gratitude.”

A Liberal government will:

  • re-establish lifelong pensions for our injured veterans, and increase the value of the disability award;
  • invest $25 million to expand access to the Permanent Impairment Allowance;
  • invest $40 million to increase the Earnings Loss Benefit to 90 percent of pre-release salary;
  • invest $80 million per year to create a new Veterans Education Benefit that provides full support for the cost of up to four years of college, university, or technical education;
  • invest $100 million per year to expand support for families of veterans;
  • increase the veteran survivor’s pension amount from 50 percent to 70 percent;
  • double funding to the Last Post Fund to ensure that veterans receive a dignified burial;
  • re-open the nine Veterans Affairs service offices closed by the Harper Conservatives;
  • fully implement all of the Auditor General’s recommendations on enhancing mental health service delivery to veterans;
  • hire 400 new service delivery staff, including new case managers at Veterans Affairs; and
  • budget $20 million to create two new centres of excellence in veterans’ care.

“Veterans have spent far too long fighting the Harper Conservatives for the support and compensation that they have earned and so definitely deserve.  Justin Trudeau and a Liberal government will ensure that veterans in the riding of Sault Ste. Marie, and right across the country, can confidently look forward to the future they are owed by a grateful nation.”


Editor’s Note: Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of the Northern Hoot, but only of the comment writer. Personal attacks, offensive language and unsubstantiated allegations are not allowed. Please keep comments on topic. For more information on our commenting policies, please see our Terms of Use. If you see a typo or error on our site, report it to us. Please include a link to the story where you spotted the error.