Veterans from Brandon and surrounding areas will gather outside the Veterans Affairs Canada office in Brandon this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. to witness the closure of the office and the loss of their face-to-face services.
These numbers come from information contained in the September 2013 Veterans Affairs Senior Departmental Report and from a survey of Union of Veterans Affairs Employees local presidents in December 2013
Those are strong words to come from anyone, much less decorated former members of the Canadian military. But a delegation of veterans from across Canada could no longer mince words on Wednesday, after being insulted by Veterans’ Affairs Minister Julian Fantino.
Hundreds of people braved the frigid -20 degree weather on Saturday to protest the elimination of door-to-door delivery at the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg. The Canada Post rally was one of many held across the country over the weekend.
In just two weeks, veterans in Northern Saskatchewan will be left without the face-to-face services they deserve when the federal government closes the Saskatoon Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) office, along with seven others across the country: Charlottetown, Corner Brook, Sydney, Thunder Bay, Windsor, Brandon and Kelowna. The Prince George office closed last year.
With the passage of Bill C-4, the Conservative government not only “stacked the deck” in terms of collective bargaining process, but it will also eliminate the only independent federal organization that provides comparative information on the compensation of federal public service workers.
Veterans and the workers who serve them want Minister Julian Fantino to stop misleading veterans about what they will be able to access at Service Canada if Veterans Affairs office closures go forward next year.