MP GORD JOHNS URGES NEW VETERANS MINISTER TO ADDRESS THE DIRE NEEDS OF CANADA’S VETERANS

For Immediate Release

March 1, 2019

  

MP GORD JOHNS URGES NEW VETERANS MINISTER TO ADDRESS THE DIRE NEEDS OF CANADA’S VETERANS

 

Ottawa -- Member of Parliament Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) welcomes the announcement of Lawrence MacAulay as the new Minister of Veterans Affairs -- but urges the new minister to get to work addressing the urgent needs of Canada’s veterans.

 

“Veterans across Canada have lost faith in this government,” MP Johns stated. “The revolving doors of Ministers leading Veterans Affairs have made veterans feel like an afterthought to this government. The Liberals made a commitment to Veterans in 2015, but since then they have dragged their heels and failed to clean up the mess left by the Conservatives.”

 Lawrence MacAulay will be the Liberal Government’s fifth Minister responsible for Veterans Affairs, taking over from Acting Veterans Affairs Minister Harjit Sajjan. The vacancy arose when former Minister for Veterans Affairs Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet on February 12th, amid the SNC-Lavalin scandal. MacAulay will also be the ninth Minister to hold the post in nine years.

 

“I am glad that the Prime Minister answered our demand to appoint a New Minister to this file but now is the time to address the issues that are most important to veterans. Veterans are still waiting for this government to end the service backlogs at Veterans Affairs Canada and to remove the service discrimination for our most injured veterans created by their new pension scheme,” MP Johns added.

 

As the NDP’s critic on Veterans Affairs, MP Johns had called on the government to immediately appoint a new Minister of Veterans Affairs and for them to commit to addressing the most pressing needs of Canadian Veterans.

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