Mr. Speaker, various sources within the Ministry of Veterans Affairs have told reporters that the total cost of a $20,000 package for merchant navy vets would be a $160 million.
We know, and the minister should know, that the total number of registered merchant seamen in question is 1,700. Those that are not registered are around 600, for a total of 2,300 for which a $20,000 settlement would total at the most $46 million.
Could the minister explain why his department is so poor at basic math? Is it just playing games with these veterans?