ANGUS CHALLENGES HARPER’S ATTACK ON CADETS
January 5th, 2014 - 10:54am
The Harper government is slashing support for cadet programs across Canada. The $2 million cut to youth programs means that cadets will no longer have access to uniforms. They will have to pay for uniforms or borrow old ones. Charlie Angus says the Conservatives are sending youth a bad message.
“The cadet program does such important work providing leadership opportunities for young people. Instead of attacking these young people, the Harper government should be encouraging youth participation. If the government wants to save money they could kick a few of their high-living pals off the trough but leave the cadets alone.”
The New Democrats have been leading the fight against Harper’s attack on the cadet program. Last year, they challenged efforts to cut the glider program for air cadets. Defense Critic Jack Harris (St. Johns) says the latest attack is wrongheaded
"Our cadets are proud to be part of the organization and this pride shows in their uniforms. The Conservatives are sending a strange message by depriving them of winter coats. This must be reversed."
Last march, New Democrat leader Thomas Mulcair participated in a review of northern Air, Sea and Army cadets.