A union calls for the replacement of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay (archive)
The Union of Veterans Affairs Employees (SEAC) wants to see the current Minister of Veterans Affairs, Lawrence MacAulay, leave office. The union is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to replace him because, through broken promises, Mr. MacAulay has lost their trust, they say.
Under Minister MacAulay, the problems have only worsened for our veterans, veterans and their families, suggested SEAC National Vice-President Toufic El-Daher, on the show Les matins d'ici, Monday.
Waiting times for veterans' compensation and disability claims have nearly doubled under Minister MacAulay, El-Daher said.
The Department of Veterans Affairs intends to award a private contract valued at $570 million for the Program rehabilitation (archives).
Apart from wait times, the backlog, staffing and workloads are also of concern to the union.
There really isn't a plan B, they are in reaction mode, they go straight to privatization, when we know very well that we have the resources, internally, to really help our veterans, he continues.
The Department of Veterans Affairs intends to award a private contract worth of $570 million, aimed at the National Rehabilitation Program, explains the national vice-president.
This privatization of services worries him to the utmost.
For 19 years, I have experienced the privatization of our care programs, recalls Mr. El-Daher. They told us we weren't going to lose a health care program, but as of today, 15 programs that care for our veterans and their families are being privatized at Blue Cross .
“I can tell you that there are terrible problems […] they don't have all the services they are entitled to. That's why it worries us.
—Toufic El-Daher, SEAC National Vice-President
Sometimes I feel like our managers have forgotten to read the mission of the organization. #x27;Veterans Affairs Canada; which is really to provide exceptional service to our veterans, adds the vice-president.
The UVAE also held a rally, Monday noon, in front of the office of the MP for Ottawa-Vanier and President of the Treasury Board, Mona Fortier, in Ottawa, to make its message heard.
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Members of the UVAE gathered at noon Monday outside the office of Treasury Board President Mona Fortier in Ottawa to make her message heard.
Our goal, c t is to show Canadians that we care about veterans and their families. We are a ministry of recognition, our veterans fought for us, to give us a free and democratic country, insists Mr. El-Daher.
In a press release, the President SEAC National, Virginia Vaillancourt, agrees.
We have written to the Minister three times in the past four months requesting that he meet with us to discuss case managers' concerns about the new $570 million contract and he has ignored our requests, reports she. It's time for that to change.
“We are asking the Prime Minister to appoint a new minister. Veterans deserve better and so do Veterans Affairs Canada staff. »
— Virginia Vaillancourt, national president of the UVAE
A motion was adopted by the presidents of local branches of the union during a meeting held at the nationwide this weekend.
Someone needs to address our legitimate concerns about the impact on Veterans and those who have the honor to serve them, continued Ms. Vaillancourt. We are taking this action after careful consideration.