profile image

Bruce Moncur

Former Soldier, PSW, B.A. History, Windsorite

Bruce Moncur was born in Windsor, Ontario, and joined the military reserves in high school, during the summer of 2001. In 2006, he suffered severe injuries during Operation Medusa in a "friendly fire" incident between Canadian and American troops. After undergoing two brain surgeries and extensive rehabilitation, Moncur was released from the Canadian Forces. He recently completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in History at the University of Windsor and works as a jeweller.
JEWEL SAMAD via Getty Images

Trudeau Is Ready To Break A 100-Year Promise To Veterans

With the recent budget, I will be entering my 11th year without a life long disability pension, 9 years under the Conservatives and now two with the Liberals. The Trudeau government campaigned on the reestablishment of these pensions. Three times they made public overtures to that effect that in fact if and when they formed government they will re-establish the life long pensions that they took away in 2006 to begin with.
04/07/2017 11:23 EDT
CP

Manitoba NDP Must Stave Off Stagnation To Unite The Left

The Manitoba party establishment has inexplicably brought in a proposed series of changes that would give it some of the most restrictive membership and leadership processes of any NDP section in the country. The NDP cannot afford to disenfranchise anyone, and to do so is extremely shortsighted.
12/13/2016 12:05 EST
CP

Bill C-221 Will Fight Crime, Create Jobs And Help Reduce The Deficit

I can see no benefit to allowing organized crime to collect one dollar let alone 10 billion. Legalizing marijuana and single sports betting will cripple their abilities to operate. Then there is the income it will produce to eliminate Liberal deficits crippling provinces and the country.
09/21/2016 11:18 EDT
Chris Wattie / Reuters

Do Not Promise Veterans What You Refuse To Deliver

What was left off of Budget 2016 as well as the reestablishment of life-long pensions was a line stating "increase the veteran survivor's pension amount from 50 per cent to 70 per cent." This means that every day 30 veterans are dying and their widows or widowers are still having their partner's pension cut in half.
06/10/2016 04:59 EDT
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Trudeau's Liberals Anything But Sunny Ways For Veterans

The Liberal government was going to allow the abeyance on the Equitas lawsuit -- the court case in which the government has been arguing the "moral obligation" they have to soldiers maimed in war -- to run out. The biggest piece of the Liberal party platform and mandate letter was the reestablishment of life-long pension, and now they are going to court to argue against it.
06/01/2016 12:25 EDT
Photo By Tom Carter via Getty Images

The Myriad Crises Facing Windsor, Ontario

Windsor, Ontario is a city desperately in need of helping, but none is coming. Change is needed, and overall it is being hindered at every corner by a mayor and a select group of city councillors whose actions have historically resulted in the worst possible outcome. It is time to get rid of the dinosaurs and puppets in charge and demand some measure of competence and accountability. Before it's too late.
05/11/2016 03:55 EDT
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Canada Should 'Feel The Bern' Too

On February 15, 2016, I went to a Bernie Sanders rally in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He is a hero to so many, and even if he does not get the nomination he has begun to make others advocate for what is right. He has done what so many other politicians have failed to do, get the attention of the young voter.
02/22/2016 11:02 EST
Andrew Burton via Getty Images

Change the Government if You Want to Thank Veterans for Their Service

Ottawa has become increasingly opaque, inaccessible and unaccountable. The systematic destruction of Canadian values by the Conservative government has made this country unrecognizable. I believe we can bring back the Canada we used to know -- your votes will determine whether or not the sacrifices made by this generation and every generation before it were wasted on Stephen Harper and the Conservative agenda.
09/28/2015 12:34 EDT
Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

Why the Military Should Take What the Liberals Say With a Grain of Salt

The Liberals have proven time and time again to be no friend to the soldiers. Chrétien wearing his helmet on backwards (then chiding soldiers as they tried to show him how to wear it properly) and the elder Trudeau's morale-killing reorganizations have made a lasting impression on generations of military men and women who have been burned by the Liberals one too many times -- by pandering to the veteran community, the Liberals are hoping that the memory of soldiers does not go beyond the year 2000.
09/02/2015 07:59 EDT
PC

Liberals Shouldn't Play Politics With Military Leaders

Last week on Power and Politics, retired general and star Liberal candidate Andrew Leslie chided the Minister of Veterans Affairs "to lead or get out of the way." His tone and mannerisms were that of a general berating a captain.
09/02/2015 05:55 EDT
JOHN D MCHUGH via Getty Images

Being a Soldier Is Great, Until You Get Injured or Sick

Being a soldier is a great career as long as you don't get injured or sick. Even when the military has cases of medical malpractice they do not take responsibility for their actions. If you don't believe me ask Robyn Young or the thousands of others like her who suffer at the hands of a company with no accountability. It is the only organization not obliged to take care of its injured employees.
04/27/2015 09:39 EDT
CP

Why You Should Look At Injured Veterans Before You Write Off Unions

I call the areas that used to have an office "Veteran Dead Zones" and encourage any soldier who will have to rely on Veterans Affairs to avoid living in these areas. The frustrating experiences that soldiers have to endure at the hands of an overworked understaffed offices only serves to exasperate soldiers further, resulting in a refusal to seek the services required. In essence, the government saves $5-million in operating costs, but the savings in providing the services will be in the tens of millions of dollars.
03/01/2015 11:37 EST
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Why No One Should Join the Canadian Forces

A Defence Department report recently tabled in the House of Commons "showed a shortfall of nearly 900 regular force members and 4,500 part-time reservists at the end of March due to higher than forecasted attrition and other factors." To put that into perspective the 5,400 less troops equates to 135 less platoons. Or 45 less companies or even 15 less battalions. So what is the root cause of this? I think there are three major flaws that are contributing to this downward spiral.
01/21/2015 07:45 EST