Rally against Veteran’s Affairs cuts planned for Friday

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A rally against the ongoing cuts at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, is planned for Friday in Charlottetown.

NDP MP Peter Stoffer

The rally, organized by the NDP P.E.I., will be held Friday, Jan. 10 at noon on the second floor of the Royal Canadian Legion on Pownal Street in Charlottetown.

“Our veterans deserve more than just our respect,” says Mike Redmond, leader of the New Democratic Party of Prince Edward Island.

“They deserve ongoing services provided by DVA front-line staff. Let’s all show our support for our heroes like we do on Remembrance Day.”

Peter Stoffer, NDP MP for Sackville-Eastern Shore and official opposition critic for Veterans’ Affairs, will be guest speaker.

Stoffer, a MP since 1997,has earn the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation Award for advancing issues on behalf of veterans and their families. He was also recently voted MacLean’s magazine Parliamentarian of the Year for 2013 by his House of Commons peers.

“We are very concerned about the cuts to front-line staff,” said 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 MP for Sackville-Eastern Shore, Royal Canadian Legion, New Democratic Party of Prince Edward Island House of Commons Charlottetown district DVA

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

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  • Eric
    January 10, 2014 - 07:07

    I care not for any politicians colour at this point. Call it a by product of serving this country. Mr. Stoffer has been an is a staunch advocate for Veterans. I would as him or any other politician to have the legislation they intend to table if elected and are willing to inact with in the first 90 days of being elected. I am tired of hearing, we did not know things were this bad we need to stay the course. Politicians put your budget and Legislation where your mouth is. Mr. Redmond, take notes. At the Provincial level what exactly are you going to do? All Parties signed off on/voted for New Veterans Charter including Mr Peter Stoffer, Mr. Lawrence MacAullay, Mr Wayne Easter. 2/3 had a hand in putting it together and the Conservatives put it on the HoC floor. Bloc Party voted it in too. DTA!

  • Wyman MacKinnon
    January 09, 2014 - 10:42

    Great to read that Peter Stoffer will be speaking on behalf of Veterans in PEI Tomorrow he is a very passionate speaker on Veterans issues. He speaks from the heart 100 % and he is an Expert on this issue as well as many others ..Wyman MacKinnon Sudbury Ontario

  • Billy
    January 09, 2014 - 08:39

    Those places are a legion in name only, and only on PEI. The command should be looking into them using using these legion facilities as a local bar then have them stop using the legion name for political purposes or otherwise and call them what they are --a local bar.

  • upwest proud
    January 09, 2014 - 06:48

    The Royal Canadian Legion is being used by a political party to stage a demonstration, what has happened to the proud tradition of non-partisanship of the organization? The founders of the RCL are being undermined by opposition political parties.