OTTAWA – The Harper government is negotiating with an outside fundraising organization to cover the costs to bring the families of Canada’s Afghan war dead to Ottawa for a national commemoration.
The True Patriot Love Foundation says the government reached out more than two weeks ago to discuss how the group could help.
The foundation, first established in 2009, has a core mandate to step in where government can’t fund programs that support the well being of members of the military.
Managing director Bronwen Evans says talks are ongoing.
The idea of honouring those who fought during the Afghan war was highlighted in the Conservative throne speech last fall.
On Wednesday, CTV News obtained letters that went out recently to relatives of the 158 soldiers who died during the mission.
The notes encouraged them to attend but said it would have to be on their own dime.
Defence Minister Rob Nicholson has said the letters were a mistake and the intention was simply to make sure relatives set aside the date.