Karygiannis Welcomes Veterans Fighting to Stop...

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...the Closure of the VAC Centres

By A Correspondent

The Honourable Jim Karygiannis, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt and Liberal Critic for Veterans Affairs, welcomed a group of veterans who are fighting to stop the closure of the eight Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Centres and the laying off of 89 case workers in Corner Brook, Charlottetown, Sydney, Thunder Bay, Windsor, Brandon, Saskatoon and Kelowna on January 31. 2014.

“We asked these people to put their lives on the line for us; they do; and, when they come home they have to fight for access to the services we promised them.” said Mr. Karygiannis.  “These veterans are fighting for the 17,000 veterans who will be affected by the VAC Center closures.”

The Conservative Budget 2012 announced that the Veterans Affairs Canada offices in Corner Brook, Charlottetown, Sydney, Thunder Bay, Windsor, Brandon, Saskatoon and Kelowna would be closing on January 31, 2014.  Over the past several months, veterans have been protesting the closure of these centres and asking the Minister of Veterans Affairs to reconsider his decision.

Today, Mr. Karygiannis asked the Prime Minister the following question:

“Will the Prime Minister commit today that he will reverse the callous decision and provide the necessary funding to keep the Veteran Affairs Centers open?

Further, will he assure Veterans that the new budget will provide the necessary funding to ensure that all of our veterans have ready access to trained case managers and that they can receive the necessary health service they require in a timely manner?”

“Unfortunately, the Prime Minister dodged the question and I received the same old bland talking points – we will ‘cut their grass, clean their homes and shovel their snow’ - from the Minister of Veterans Affairs.” Mr. Karygiannis stated.  “This is just not good enough.”

In a meeting with the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, Mr. Trudeau made a commitment that a Liberal government would re-open the VAC Centres and would open more Centres, if needed.

“I have promised these veterans that I will continue to work with them to make sure that they, and their brothers and sisters-in-arms, receive the necessary assistance and services so that they can live their lives in hope with dignity and respect.” Mr. Karygiannis commented.

JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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