Veterans ombudsman Pat Stogran expressed his fury at a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday over the federal government’s treatment of servicemen and women.(Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)
Canada’s outgoing ombudsman for veterans expressed his fury Tuesday over the federal government’s treatment of servicemen and women and the thwarting of his work by an obstructive bureaucracy.
Pat Stogran said at a news conference in Ottawa that he was not going to comment on the Conservative government’s decision not to appoint him to a second term..
Stogran said it’s the “government’s prerogative” and that he will leave it to the government to defend its decision, though he said his non-renewal is likely a sign he was doing his job, and that he sees it as a mark of success.
Stogran said that as ombudsman, he was “impeded by a bureacracy that was deliberately obstructive and deceptive,” and that information given to bureaucrats isn’t reaching the minister of veterans affairs.
Stogran said he was speaking out in order to highlight how badly many veterans are treated and to ask Canadians to stand up for their “sons and daughters.” He vowed to use his remaining three months as ombudsman to continue trying to get Canadians to take notice.
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