Veterans demonstrate in Charlottetown

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Veterans, supporters, union workers and politicians gathered at Charlottetown's Veterans Affairs district office Friday

Veterans, union members, politicians from all three levels of government and the public gathered for a protest today against closing the Veterans Affairs district offices.

Charlottetown is one of nine offices across the country that officially shut down today, although case files from the P.E.I. capital were shifted over months ago.

The protest started inside the Jean Canfield Building on University Avenue in Charlottetown at noon before moving outside because the media were not permitted to shoot video or take pictures inside the building.

Malpeque MP Wayne Easter was there and spoke as was P.E.I. NDP Leader Mike Redmond. Mitchell Tweel and Danny Redmond also showed up from city council.

“Today is a sad day in that we are losing more services,’’ said Ret’d Lt. (N) Brian Hills.

Another veteran blasted federal Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino.

“I think it was disgraceful that Minister Fantino insulted those veterans on Parliament Hill,’’ said retired regular force member Mike Conway. “It’s people like those veterans who allow people like (Fantino) to do their job.’’

One veteran said the federal government has turned its back on veterans.

“I feel the Harper government has abandoned our veterans,’’ said Sandy Brace, a retired member of the regular force and a former commanding officer.

Brace says he hears a lot of rhetoric coming out Ottawa and most of it is BS.

Organizations: Veterans Affairs, University Ave

Geographic location: Canada, Prince Edward Island, Ottawa

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  • Get the facts straight froma VET.
    February 01, 2014 - 14:27

    From watching this even the Vets are confused over what is happening here.NO programs have been cut,No benefits have been cut, NO services have been cut,No doors have been shut for anybody seeking VAC assistance..just the way of doing business....as far as I would say MS Bradley with her 2000 plus files that 80-85%of those clients are checked on once a year thru a electonic filing system... do not require day to day management ..the other 15% are managed for their needs be it medical or mental help.....No one has been cast aside....their service is being honoured once they become VAC clients.Her comments are politicly motivated no doubt.The leader of the Federal NDP and a vet on the video tryed to imply that the 8 suicides are related to these cuts(they just started yesterday???) etc ..a lot were still serving so were Armed forces responsibility not VAC's...there is not one iota of proof these deaths were due to VAC transfers ,position eliminations or denial of services.8 individual cases that have their own unique circumstances that are terribly sad. .This is the type of confused politicly charged RHETORIC from PSAC and the NDP and Liberal parties and their supporters who are commenting here.Fantino made a mistake doing what he did and should have apologized personally ..a boner on his part...Give the changes a chance ....especially here in Charlottetown..we have VAC HQ down the street ....Stop the Political BS and get the facts straight.......playing the Vets like a political football is not honouring them...like Wayne Easter and the Prov NDP crowd are doing...

  • Islander
    January 31, 2014 - 21:19

    Harper and Fantino got to go. These guys know they are wrong but will not admit it. Thats the greatest problem, when they won't admit fault they will dig in and make this situation unbearable for the Veterans and their families and this is desgraceful. At time in their lived the surviving Veterans to NOT need this added stress. This Government has to go and for Gods sake I hope every Canadian is remembering this come election time. No more taklking to them, they have made their mind up and could not care a rats ass about any Veteran or their families. This Fantino, ex-Police Chief of Police id a disgrace to any uniform, just look at his record, remember the Jets Project and all the lies and coverup pretaining to the overall costs and than he gets the boot and than into Veterans Affairs. He has got to go and Harper as well.

  • Dead Wrong
    January 31, 2014 - 13:56

    Streamlining some Government services makes sense, especially in the age of the Internet. But literally closing doors in the faces of our veterans is another matter. Some of them incurred physical or mental injuries that will stay with them all their lives. They are not the ones who should be bearing added burdens from office closures.

  • Like to know
    January 31, 2014 - 12:53

    What I would like to know is when do you plan on making cuts to the high archey of veterns affairs where all the money seems to go!! instead of yet again hitting the people who fought for us!!! seriously people, what kind of wage cut is fantino taking??? none, again bad government actions after bad,,, you should be ashamed Harper!!!