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Veterans Affairs Canada Paying For Convicted Cop Killer’s Treatment

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David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief

Veterans Affairs Canada is paying for a convicted cop killer’s treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that his lawyer claimed resulted from the officer’s death.

As Global News reports, former Canadian Armed Forces member and veterans advocate Colin Saunders is not happy that the federal government department is actively assisting Christopher Garnier, convicted of the second-degree murder of an off-duty police officer.

Garnier was never in the military and is receiving the treatment because his father was a veteran.

“I’m outraged. Quite simply outraged,” the retired sergeant told Global.

“How is it that veterans are waiting a year or a year-plus to get treatment, some of whom who never do, but we have a guy who has committed murder and is now getting treatment on behalf of Veteran Affairs?”

While many veterans continue to fight for disability benefits from the Trudeau government, it galls Saunders that a department that is supposed to be dealing with the health concerns of wounded warriors is nursing a convicted murderer — found guilty of strangling Halifax police officer Catherine Campbell.

At Garnier’s parole hearing, a witness testified that the convict had requested treatment for PTSD and that Veterans Affairs had agreed to cover the costs — because Garnier’s father had status as a veteran.

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