Karygiannis Disappointed in Throne Speech

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By A Correspondent

The Honourable Jim Karygiannis, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt and Liberal Critic for Veterans Affairs, was disappointed that the Conservative Government’s Speech from the Throne barely paid lip service to the men and women who have given so much for their country – our veterans.

“The government said ‘it will always keep faith with those who have defended Canada with pride.’  However, they are closing Veterans Service Offices and laying off case workers.” said Mr. Karygiannis.  “If they really want to ‘keep faith’ with our veterans, they should cut the red tape and ensure that each and every one of our veterans has access to every program they are entitled to.”

Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is closing nine Veterans Affairs Offices across Canada.  Veterans will now access the programs and services offered by Veterans Affairs Canada through a 1-800 number or the Veterans Affairs Canada website.  Many veterans will have to drive several hours to see their case workers.

“The closing VAC offices and laying off case workers will not help veterans.  Service Canada staff do not know how to negotiate the front or back channels of VAC programs.”  Mr. Karygiannis commented.  “Many veterans rely on the one-on-one support provided by their case workers, a 1-800 number and a computer is not a suitable substitute.”

The Government’s Throne Speech stated that it would ‘build on our successful “Helmets to Hardhats” program to place veterans in good jobs.’ 

“The ‘Helmets to Hardhats’ program is a great; however, it is a not-for profit, private initiative funded by the unions and the private sector.  The Harper Conservatives should not try to take credit for it.”  Mr. Karygiannis stated.  “This Throne Speech does nothing for the veterans who have served us so valiantly and faithfully.”

JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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