Grim week for veterans and their families

Conservatives leaving veterans behind

HALIFAX – Official Opposition Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville – Eastern Shore) says the federal government has completely failed in its treatment of Canadian Forces and RCMP veterans and their families.

“It was one of the worst weeks for veterans and their families ever,” said Stoffer. “On the heels of a very damning report by the Veterans Ombudsman, this Conservative government announced they will appeal a class action lawsuit launched by veterans group Equitas Society who are fighting for improved compensation and care under the New Veterans Charter (NVC).

“It is outrageous for the government to say that they will launch a review of the NVC while, at the same time, they are fighting veterans in court over the same issue.”

Stoffer also underlined the fact that the government is moving ahead with its plan to shut down nine Veterans Affairs district offices across the country and is continuing its legal fight with injured RCMP veterans over disability pension benefits.

“If these offices close, veterans’ and their families will be forced to travel long distances to reach an office or use the phone or computers” said Official Opposition Veterans Affairs Deputy Critic Sylvain Chicoine (Châteauguay – Saint-Constant), “which is a huge barrier for many disabled veterans.  Veterans can count on the NDP to fight to keep those offices open.”