Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney
Veteran's Affairs Minister Steven Blaney will be in Charlottetown Friday and is expected to make an unscheduled announcement.
The Guardian has been told Blaney will reveal 'new information' when he sits down for an interview with the newspaper Friday. This information will be under embargo until 5 p.m.
While it is unclear what this new information will be, there has been no shortage of controversy involving VAC this year as it moved to cut hundreds of jobs and streamline services.
Last spring, it was revealed the department would be cutting 800 jobs over three years, including over 200 from the headquarters in Charlottetown.
Officials with the department have maintained these reductions would be managed mainly through attrition, but the union that represents the department's employees has pointed out that not all of those eligible to retire are in a financial position to do so.
There has also been concern noted from local veterans advocacy groups about the imminent closure of the VAC district office in Charlottetown. Service Canada locations across the province will serve in future as district offices for Veterans Affairs in P.E.I.
Blaney is scheduled to be in the capital and will speak with The Guardian Friday afternoon.