Canada’s veterans affairs minister said he has no idea why his department is treating a convicted cop killer for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Seamus O’Regan expressed bewilderment when he learned that Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) agreed to pay for Christopher Garnier’s PTSD bills when he claimed he had incurred the disorder after murdering an off-duty police officer.
“How could this happen?” O’Regan asked CTV News, before promising, “I will be looking into how and why this particular decision was made.”
Garnier was convicted in 2017 for the brutal strangling of Catherine Campbell, whose body was dumped into a compost heap after the killing.
O’Regan would not divulge any more information on the case, citing privacy concerns, but stated, “There are cases, too, where treatment for family members can help that veteran with their PTSD.”
O’Regan was not suggesting that this departmental policy made the treatment funding acceptable.
“But again I have to say, we will be looking into how and why, in this particular situation, this decision was made,” he said before continuing that he would be “looking into it immediately.”
O’Regan was recently the center of another media storm when he apologized for saying immigrants are better at creating jobs in Canada than people who were born in the country.