Canadian vets put government 'on notice' over cuts

Canada's Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino speaks during Question Period in the House of...

Canada's Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa November 21, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:20 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Self-described "true-blue" Conservative veterans trekked to Parliament Hill Tuesday to warn the government that if it doesn't reconsider its decision to close veterans' services offices, they will be abandon the party they've always stood by.

Ron Clarke, a 36-year veteran of the armed forces who retired in 1992, calls himself a "true blue" Conservative, said he's never voted for anyone else.

But with the announcement of the closure of nine veterans' services offices, Clarke said he is officially putting the "government on notice."

"If these closures (happen), vets will organize to hold this government to account at the next election," Clarke told reporters Tuesday.

Clarke and a handful of other veterans joined forces with the Public Service Alliance of Canada to make a final plea with the government to reconsider what they say are unfair and unjustified cuts to veterans' services.


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