Veterans Affairs minister to reveal new information

Teresa Wright
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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.

Organizations: Veterans Affairs, Service Canada

Geographic location: Charlottetown, P.E.I.

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Recent comments

  • huh?
    February 08, 2013 - 23:14

    so what's the news?

  • Adam
    February 08, 2013 - 21:20

    Classic PR move to announce bad news right before the weekend to minimize negative criticism and to achieve damage control. I am surprised that this announcement wasn't happening right before a long weekend.

  • Just for your info
    February 08, 2013 - 20:38

    People that complain about government employees don't realize that without them none of their claims/services would get process like DMV, UI, OAS, CPP, Welfare, then you look at any services like the RCMP, Border Officers, Canada Parks, Tax Center, Prisons, Courts, etc. I’m just wondering does this incompetence only apply to DVA employees or all Government Departments just wondering…so I'm guessing anyone that as a government job is not worthy of much and don't deserve the pension they paid into to... If all of these services were gone you'd be back to the horse and buggy days my friends...

  • On your side
    February 08, 2013 - 17:18

    Its closing.... are you all happy now !?! Those conservatives... good for nothing, especially not for PEI.

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    February 08, 2013 - 17:04

    The only way to save jobs is to leave the union of Canada and go it alone. They have us believing that we cannot get along without them but I tell you that is wrong. We do not need the feds or their equalization payments. Be assured that they are sucking more money (and more importantly our wealth), skilled laborers, mbrain drain, etc) than they give us. THEY WANT TO USE US AS AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY.They want to implode our economy to see what we do before they collapse the economy on a larger scale, country wide. You see they set us up so all their buddies can come in and buy us up for pennies on the dollar. All of these types of scenarios are spelled out in the communist manifesto many many years ago. Stop watching tv or facebook and Investigate for yourself.

  • Frustrated
    February 08, 2013 - 09:52

    ALLEYOOPS! You make it sound like these employees don't contribute to their own pension and that the money comes of their paycheque or are you just another that assumes they receive a pension without any personal contribution?

  • Alleyoops bitter and jealous
    February 08, 2013 - 09:37

    Alleyoops - job losses of any sort negatively impact PEI. Every person who moves away weakens the economy. If you can put your bitter jealousy aside of folks who happen to have a dental plan (heaven forbid someone has the nerve to live above the poverty line right) you'd be able to see that these jobs don't just impact those who hold them. If millions of dollars go out of the local economy, it's bad news for us all.

  • Insider
    February 08, 2013 - 09:18

    They should move VAC to Ottawa ... nothing of quality ever gets done at the HQ on PEI. They do not have the skilled workforce as they do in Ottawa.

    • another insider
      February 08, 2013 - 16:03

      You mean Holland College and UPEI don't produce quality grads for work in a professional public service? Gasp! Say it ain't so, Joe!

    • huh
      February 08, 2013 - 16:22

      Anything to back that statement up, or is it just another random comment by an anonymous poster pulling a statement out of their butt?

  • SG
    February 08, 2013 - 09:04

    I think Senator Duffy must have gotten that old adage wrong re: his exit via the Kitchen. The old adage states: "If you don't like the Heat Stay Out of Kitchen."

  • Walt
    February 08, 2013 - 06:50

    Just expect more jobs leaving PEI contracting out or transferring to Service Canada. Or maybe they are going to keep the District Offíce open but going to move it to Duffy's cottage. It is vacant most of the year. I hear the rent is a little over 33 K for three years. Ask him what % of direct Veteran contact will be with through contractors.

  • sasha mac
    February 08, 2013 - 06:43

    They will be moving the head office to Ottawa. I wondered why the Deputy Minister was in town. Only the 4th day she was in Charlottetown in 2 months. None of these "Senior" people spend time here at all even though they are to live here. Talk about Mike Duffy.

  • grampie
    February 08, 2013 - 06:29

    If you have any questions for him, he will escape via a kitchen just like that PEI embarrassment Senator Duffy did. Another chicken.

  • mad as hell
    February 08, 2013 - 05:01

    If you have any questions for him, he'll likely be storm-stayed until Sunday afternoon...

  • alleyoops
    February 08, 2013 - 03:12

    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. Welcome to the real world. There are so many ppl out there without pensions and benefits, which BTW, DVA has that are second to none. I for one am tired of paying a premium for ppl who do little or nothing most of the day or are 'off on sick leave' hmmm time to reel these folks in

    • FYI
      February 08, 2013 - 10:29

      Just so you know, most of those people that have pensions, have to pay for them. If there are people out there with no pensions, then you're money contributes to them as well eg, OAS and CPP.

    • draggin the line
      February 08, 2013 - 11:11

      Another top knotch Islander looking to drag down anyone who has the audacity to get ahead of them. My guess is you applied to DVA but never made it past the entrance exam. Just a guess.....The sad part for you is that these ppl are the ones who pay your salary, because without them, you wouldn't have a job at Walmart.