NDP fails in bid to keep Veteran Affairs offices opened

A veteran listens as Veteran Affairs critic MP Peter Stoffer speaks to the media. Perry Mah/QMI...

A veteran listens as Veteran Affairs critic MP Peter Stoffer speaks to the media. Perry Mah/QMI Agency

Jessica Hume, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:12 PM ET

OTTAWA - The NDP failed to pass a motion that would have reversed the government's decision to close nine Veterans Affairs offices.

Eight offices were shuttered Friday - the one in Prince George, B.C., had already closed - despite protests from vets organized by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), the largest federal service union.

Despite support from the Liberals, the motion was easily defeated in a 146-117 in the House of Commons on Monday.

Following the vote, Sylvain Chicoine, the NDP MP who introduced the motion, said the government should be "ashamed" for its lack of support.

"It is obscene that after fighting abroad, veterans have to fight their own government for basic care," he said in a statement.

Tory MP Erin O'Toole explained on the CBC the closures were part of an "evolving delivery of service" that would "allow more people to access the service."


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