Veterans’ Affairs critic to speak at rally against DVA cuts

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CHARLOTTETOWN The New Democratic Party of Prince Edward Island is organizing a rally this Friday against the ongoing cuts at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Peter Stoffer, MP for Sackville-Eastern Shore in Nova Scotia and Official Opposition Critic for Veterans’ Affairs, will be the guest speaker.

“Our veterans deserve more than just our respect. They deserve ongoing services provided by DVA front-line staff,” said Mike Redmond, leader of P.E.I.'s NDP. “Let’s all show our support for our heroes like we do on Remembrance Day.”

The rally will be held Jan. 10 at noon on the second floor of the Royal Canadian Legion on Pownal Street in Charlottetown.

A Member of Parliament since 1997, Stoffer's contributions have earned him the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation Award for advancing issues on behalf of veterans and their families. He was also recenrtly voted MacLean's magazine's Parliamentarian of the Year for 2013 by his House of Commons peers.

“We are very concerned about the cuts to front-line staff,” concludes Redmond. “We need the Charlottetown district DVA office to be appropriately staffed with case workers who can continue to help P.E.I. veterans and their families.

"The federal government needs to get its priorities straight.

Organizations: NDP, Royal Canadian Legion, MacLean's House of Commons Charlottetown district DVA

Geographic location: P.E.I., Pownal Street, Charlottetown

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