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Posted: October 3, 2015

Too little, too late – response

Letter to the Editor 

As a father whose son is currently serving in the Canadian Forces and as a retired RCMP officer with three generations of RCMP in my family, I can assure you that I have nothing but the utmost respect for those who have served our country in uniform. The comments by Mr. Moody are quite upsetting to me.

July 9, 2012:  Mr. Moody wrote the Department of National Defence (DND) and me. The next day my office contacted Mr. Moody and asked for additional information. Mr. Moody acknowledged by email saying, “Thank you for your speedy response.”

July 23, 2012:  DND advised Mr. Moody that his correspondence was being forwarded to the Minister of Veteran’s Affairs.

September 24, 2012:  Veteran Affairs Minister wrote Mr. Moody and informed him the criteria for the medals had to be created, following which the medals had to be designed and manufactured.

Late October, Mr. Moody sent another letter which I hand delivered to the Minister of Veterans Affairs in the House of Commons.

November 12, 2012: Mr. Moody and my staff person had a long telephone chat. Mr. Moody then emailed, “Thanks for the info and I am pleased that Mr. Wilks contacted the Minister,” and in another email Mr. Moody wrote, “Thanks for the clarification. We are on the same page. Pete.”

November 21, 2012: Unfortunately, Mr. Dakin passed away. My constituency office arranged, through the Legion, a flag for veterans provided to the family plus a flag for the funeral ceremony.

April 15, 2013: Minister of Veterans Affairs announced the ‘Bomber Command Bar –War Medals’ were available and families could apply. The first bars were available August 2013, nine months after Mr. Dakin passed away. Mr. Moody confirms the Dakin family received the medal.

In light of these facts, I’m surprised that Mr. Moody chose to make his unfair, unfounded accusations during the election.

David Wilks,

Kootenay-Columbia Candidate,

Conservative Party of Canada

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