Union 'duped' veterans in Fantino showdown

Minister of Veterans Affairs Julian Fantino speaks during question period on Parliament Hill in...

Minister of Veterans Affairs Julian Fantino speaks during question period on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 29, 2014. (REUTERS/Blair Gable)

Joe Warmington, QMI Agency

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TORONTO -- Turns out the public rage directed toward Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino was paid for by the union whose members' jobs are being cut.

The veterans' rage toward Fantino was put on display for the whole country to see. What wasn't told was their trip to Ottawa was paid for by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).

The whole show was orchestrated.

"The veterans were used by the union," Fantino said Thursday in his first interview since Tuesday's incident. "They were duped."

Seven veterans and one co-ordinator were flown in and put up in a hotel to rail against the Government of Canada's decision to close eight veterans affairs offices in favour of having the veterans receive help at Service Canada locations.


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