OTTAWA, May 2, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Julian Fantino,
Minister of Veterans Affairs, condemned the vandalism of a Stratford,
Ontario cenotaph honouring Veterans of the First and Second World Wars
and the Korean War.
"Vandalizing a memorial to those who served Canada is shameful. The
memories of the men and women who put their lives at risk to protect
our country must be preserved, protected and honoured. I encourage any
community members with information about this incident to contact local
police immediately," said Minister Fantino. "The perpetrators should
face the full force of the law."
"Veterans Affairs Canada has reached out to the City of Stratford and we
will ensure they have financial support for the restoration efforts
they have already made," added Minister Fantino.
The Government of Canada runs the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Fund in
part to help communities make repairs following unfortunate incidents
such as this.
Minister Fantino also restated his support for Bill C-217, a private
member's bill from David Tilson, Member of Parliament for
Dufferin-Caledon, that would see harsher punishment for anyone who
vandalizes war memorials and cenotaphs. The Government of Canada hopes
this legislation passes urgently, to hold criminals accountable.
"This egregious act of vandalism underscores the importance of
preserving the sanctity of monuments built in memory of those who
served our country. We must ensure that anyone who commits vandalism
against a war memorial will face strong consequences," said
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada