Fantino should resign for slight to veterans

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To the editor,
Across this great country of our Canada we have a good number of proud Canadians and they are our veterans. Both men and women have served our country, myself being one of them. We have served in many conflicts around the world and we are very proud of it.

But now there is a person in Ottawa by the name of Julian Fantino, the minister of Veteran Affairs, who has turned his back on all veterans by closing offices across Canada and not keeping a meeting with them on time – and then walking out of the meeting. That to me is just thumbing his nose at us veterans. And then standing in the House of Commons and giving a very weak apology.

Well folks that is not good enough. He needs to resign as the minster of Veterans Affairs. Now is the time for all of us as veterans to speak up and call your local MP, write letters and be heard for the man is out to lunch and cares nothing for us as veterans. We are veterans and proud of having served our country.  And now we want the respect that we deserve and the office left open so that we do not have to travel miles away from our home to get service. And oh, by the way, there were no offices on the list in Ontario and Quebec that were to close... why is that I wonder? So to all veterans speak up and be heard for that time has come.

Loyd Murray

New Glasgow

Organizations: Veterans Affairs, House of Commons

Geographic location: Canada, Ontario, Quebec New Glasgow

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  • Odin
    February 03, 2014 - 12:26

    Mr. Murray, While I certainly agree with the comments as a whole in your letter to the editor, the "By the way", at the end regarding no offices closing in Ontario or Quebec, shows a bit of an ax to grind. In fact, the office in Windsor, Ont was one of those closed, with those files moved to London, Ont. , a 2 1/2 to 3 hour drive down the 401. Also, the office in Thunder Bay was closed, with some of those files being moved to Winnipeg, Man, and the balance to North Bay , Ont. While true at the present time that there were no offices closed in Quebec, from what I've read, it seems very likely that the office in Chicoutimi will be closed as of March 31.

  • Rose
    February 02, 2014 - 23:19

    I agree with Mr .Murray but I think not just veterans, but all Canadians should speak up. After all, the veterans fought for all of us. When I think of the many hardships and injuries, and being away from their family's fI agree with Mr .Murray but I think not just veterans, but all Canadians should speak up. After all, the veterans fought for all of us. When I think of the many hardships and injuries, and being away from their faor long periods of time and then some of the veterans suffering from PTSD it just makes me sick the way our veterans are I agree with Mr .Murray but I think not just veterans, but all Canadians should speak up. After all, the veterans fought for all of us. When I think of the many hardships and injuries, and being away from their family's for long periods of time and then some of the veterans suffering from PTSD it treated by our government. We have to remember this also when we vote the next time. Thank you Mr. murray and all the others who have served our country.

  • GetItRight
    January 31, 2014 - 19:26

    Mr. Murray: You are either half wrong or half correct when you state no offices are closing in Ontario or Quebec. Here is the closure list from the Public Service Alliance website......... The Veterans Affairs office in Prince George has already been shut down and the Conservative government says that by February 2014, offices in Corner Brook, Charlottetown, Sydney, Thunder Bay, Windsor, Brandon, Saskatoon and Kelowna will be closing their doors to veterans too.....Thunder Bay & Windsor are in the Province of Ontario by the way.