Closure of Veterans Affairs Offices-Provision of Caseworkers

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Question Period Senator Jane Cordy December 11th, 2013

Hon. Jane Cordy: Honourable senators, the Veterans Affairs office in Prince George has already closed. Veterans Affairs offices in Sydney, Corner Brook, Charlottetown, Thunder Bay, Windsor, Brandon, Saskatoon and Kelowna are scheduled to close on January 31, 2014.

Is Minister Fantino going ahead with these closure plans that will hurt the veterans in these communities?

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In Sydney, Cape Breton there are 4,200 veterans who will be affected by the closure. As a result of protests in Cape Breton and across the country and public outcry, on November 28, Minister Fantino announced that, as a compromise, one Veterans Affairs worker would be placed in the Service Canada offices in each community where the offices were being closed.

Veterans groups were not particularly pleased with this so- called compromise, because they said it simply meant they would have to get in line to get in line.

How is this compromise going to work?

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