Veterans, union members, politicians from all three levels of government and the public gathered for a protest today against closing the Veterans Affairs district offices.
Veterans and their supporters gather outside the Jean Canfield Building in Charlottetown Friday, Jan. 31, to protest Veterans Affairs district office closures.
Charlottetown is one of nine offices across the country that officially shut down today, although case files from the P.E.I. capital were shifted over months ago.
The protest started inside the Jean Canfield Building on University Avenue in Charlottetown at noon before moving outside because the media were not permitted to shoot video or take pictures inside the building.
Malpeque MP Wayne Easter was there and spoke as was P.E.I. NDP Leader Mike Redmond. Mitchell Tweel and Danny Redmond also showed up from city council.
“Today is a sad day in that we are losing more services,’’ said Ret’d Lt. (N) Brian Hills.
Another veteran blasted federal Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino.
“I think it was disgraceful that Minister Fantino insulted those veterans on Parliament Hill,’’ said retired regular force member Mike Conway. “It’s people like those veterans who allow people like (Fantino) to do their job.’’
One veteran said the federal government has turned its back on veterans.
“I feel the Harper government has abandoned our veterans,’’ said Sandy Brace, a retired member of the regular force and a former commanding officer.