Vets unconvinced cuts won't impact services

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)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:16 PM ET

OTTAWA — The increasingly politicized debate fight over the closures of nine Veterans Affairs offices continued Friday inside the House of Commons and across the country.

As vets and members of the Professional Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) union gathered for sit-ins and wreath-laying ceremonies at the offices slated for closure Friday evening, parliamentarians exchanged barbs in question period.

NDP house leader Nathan Cullen accused the government of cutting services to vets and replacing them with "computers and 1-800 numbers."

The government once again promised the offices, to be merged with Service Canada, will provide the same services.

"We will make sure that each of the offices has a fully trained Veterans Affairs employee to provide the necessary assistance," Parm Gill, the parliamentary secretary to the veterans minister, told the House on Friday.


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