… but is this Prime Minister now saying anything to get re-elected?
Consider Paul Martin’s “Hero Fund” announcement today:
A new Liberal government will introduce measures to honour and support Canada’s emergency first responders – who include firefighters, police officers, paramedics and medical personnel – the cornerstone of which is the creation of a Heroes Fund, Prime Minister Paul Martin announced today.
“The creation of a Heroes Fund is a way of giving back to those who bravely risk their lives every day to ensure our communities are safe and healthy places to live and work,” said the Prime Minister. “These people are Canadian heroes.”
The Heroes Fund is designed to compensate the families of first responders who are lost in the line of duty. This Fund is an important step. Its a way of giving back to those who bravely risk their lives every day to ensure our communities are safe and healthy places to live and work.
Now consider this motion tabled in the House of Commons last year:
“That, in the opinion of this House, the government should: (a) recognize all firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty in Canada by establishing a benefit that would be awarded to the families of the fallen or permanently disabled firefighters; (b) support the proposed Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation mandate for the construction of a monument in a prominent position in the National Capital containing the names of all Canadian firefighters who have died in the line of duty; and (c) send a message to the Senate acquainting the Upper House of the decision of this House.”
Who voted against this motion?
Thirty-two members of the Liberal cabinet!
Anne McLellan, Reg Alcock, Mauril Belanger, Carolyn Bennett, Ethel Blondin-Andrew, Claudette Bradshaw, Scott Brison, Aileen Carroll, Raymond Chan, Irwin Cotler, Stephane Dion, Ujjal Dosanjh, Ken Dryden, David Emerson, Joe Fontana, Liza Frulla, John Godfrey, Ralph Goodale, Bill Graham, Jean Lapierre, John McCallum, Joe McGuire, Andy Mitchell, Stephen Owen, Jim Peterson, Pierre Pettigrew, Geoff Regan, Lucienne Robillard, Jacques Saada, Belinda Stronach, Tony Valeri and Joe Volpe.
Paul Martin is running against his own government’s record!