Opposition Parties Support Harrison’s Motion

Friday, December 10, 2004 at 14:59



Members of Parliament debated the merits of compensating Aboriginal war veterans in the House of Commons earlier today.


They were debating a private member’s motion put forward by Northern Saskatchewan’s MP, Jeremy Harrison.


Harrison’s motion calls for the government to formally recognize the inequal treatment Aborginal war veterans have received in terms of post-war benefits they were denied.


It also calls for immediate action to compensate First Nations and Metis war veterans in a way that respects their service and sacrifice.


Harrison says the Conservatives, the NDP and the Bloc all appear to support his motion, while the Liberals oppose it — a move that irritates him.


Still, Harrison says, theoretically, the motion should pass when its voted on during third reading in the Commons sometime in the New Year.