January 30th, 2014

Latest conservative attack on our veterans: punting the vote to save veterans' offices

In a cynical move that puts partisanship ahead of our veterans, the Conservative government has shamefully punted the vote on an NDP motion to call for veterans' offices to be saved before they're closed.

"By Monday, it will be too late for parliament to save veterans' offices and Conservatives know this," said NDP MP Sylvain Chicoine (Châteauguay—Saint-Constant) whose motion is calling on the government to reverse its decision to close veterans' offices. "The Conservatives are shutting down these offices tomorrow and they won't even stand in their place and take responsibility for their actions."

A key component of the NDP motion in parliament today is to save veterans' offices from Conservative closures. By delaying the vote on the motion, the Conservatives are removing parliament's ability to save the offices before they're closed.

"In over 16 years of advocacy for our veterans, RCMP officers and their families, I have never seen a government that treats our veterans with such disrespect," said NDP veterans' affairs critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore). "These offices are providing crucial services to our veterans and their families. Parliament must be allowed to call for the offices to be saved before they're closed."