Rally against cuts to Veteran’s Affairs planned for Friday

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NDP MP Peter Stoffer

A rally against the ongoing cuts at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, is planned for Friday in Charlottetown.

The rally, organized by the NDP P.E.I., will be held Friday, Jan. 10 at noon on the second floor of the Royal Canadian Legion on Pownal Street in Charlottetown.

“Our veterans deserve more than just our respect,” says Mike Redmond, leader of the New Democratic Party of Prince Edward Island.

“They deserve ongoing services provided by DVA front-line staff. Let’s all show our support for our heroes like we do on Remembrance Day.”

Peter Stoffer, NDP MP for Sackville-Eastern Shore and official opposition critic for Veterans’ Affairs, will be guest speaker.

Stoffer, a MP since 1997,has earn the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation Award for advancing issues on behalf of veterans and their families. He was also recently voted MacLean’s magazine Parliamentarian of the Year for 2013 by his House of Commons peers.

“We are very concerned about the cuts to front-line staff,” said Redmond, “We need the Charlottetown district DVA office to be appropriately staffed with case workers who can continue to help P.E.I. veterans and their families. The federal government needs to get its priorities straight."

Organizations: NDP MP for Sackville-Eastern Shore, Royal Canadian Legion, New Democratic Party of Prince Edward Island House of Commons Charlottetown district DVA

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Pownal Street, P.E.I.

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  • Angus
    January 09, 2014 - 11:08

    Shame to see the Legion become the handmaiden of the unions and the NDP. These people are being used by the first to keep cushy Public Service Union leaders in place with all their perks and privileges while the taxpayer pays for a bloated civil service. The NDP on the other hand will use anyone for political gain. By all means the Legion should fight for the rights of the Vets and has done so honourably for years no matter which party was in power. To allow itself to be used by these crass people is a disservice to all members of a great organization past and present. Sign me a proud son of a proud Vet.

  • wait....
    January 09, 2014 - 10:30

    sorry, I do understand people need jobs but as far as the DVA is concerned, I have heard first hand how many of the workers there are scrounging to find some work to do. This coming from the mouth of an employee there.

  • upwest proud
    January 09, 2014 - 06:41

    Has the Royal Canadian Legion become a platform for political protest, the founders of this great organization are being betrayed.

  • may
    January 08, 2014 - 21:59

    I was shocked to see a commissionaire wait on people making dva enquires. Are these security people now federal employees? These are the front line jobs being done by others.