Last week in The Star a bureaucrat in the Ministry of Defence stated that the Conservative government had encouraged a policy of Canadian soldiers dying overseas rather than coming home injured because it was more cost effective.
I've tried various ways of expressing my outrage over this, and I can't think of anything that isn't captured by the cold reality.
Dead Canadian soldiers = Cheaper than injured soldiers.
Lives have been given a monetary value, and they're apparently not worth the cost.
$16 billion on shiny new planes is a higher priority than making sure that our men and women of the armed forces who serve over seas will be properly taken care of when they get home.
I want to express my deepest sorrow for the families and friends for all those who have died in Afghanistan and won't be coming home as a result of this heartless policy.