Steve Harper has $28-million to blow on 200-year old triumphalism for a war between Britain and the United States but he can't come up with $5-million a year to cover the funeral costs of impoverished Canadian soldiers.
Remember when that greaseball was the Canadian soldier's Best Friend Forever, back when he could squeeze buckets of political capital out of their blood and bones? But then Afghanistan didn't go the way Steve had promised and, ultimately, embarrassed Steve and someone has to pay, even if they're dead. So 1812 is definitely in and Afghanistan and those who wound up serving there are just as definitely out.
I wonder how many destitute soldiers we can bury for the cost of just one F-35? Or how many burials could we have funded if we only had back the money that "Toney Tony" Clement splashed around his own riding for the G8/G20 summits?
Of course you could bury the entire Tory caucus for just a few thousand bucks. You can pack an awful lot of sphincters in just one coffin.