After much speculation, Julian Fantino was shuffled out of the Veterans Affairs portfolio by Prime MInister Stephen Harper.  StrategyCorp’s Dan Mader comments on the political decision-making behind this to the Canadian Press:

Being seen as unfriendly to veterans is a liability, said Dan Mader, a former chief of staff for Fantino who now works as a consultant with StrategyCorp.

“There are few things that everyone — no matter where they are on the political spectrum — can agree on, but one of those things (is) that we as a country owe a duty to our veterans and that the government should be looking out for them,” Mader said Tuesday in an interview.

“So any government that is seen as not doing so is at risk.”

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