Four caseworkers not nearly enough
Last week, in an attempt to mitigate a disaster which was the closure of the Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) office in Sydney in 2014, Minister Erin O’Toole breezed into town announcing the hiring of four new case managers for the 140 or so veterans with serious medical conditions.
For the larger clientele, 4,000 strong, there will be new hires elsewhere for veterans on disability pensions only. The rest must contact the Halifax office, which has the largest clientele in Canada at 22,000.
Four caseworkers will never make up for the incompetence and petty politics displayed by the closure of the Sydney office.
Indeed, the optics of this announcement could not be worse. Veterans advocate Ron Clarke summed it best in the Cape Breton by stating: “It’s obvious the government realizes that they’re in trouble.”
The correct solution is to reopen the Sydney VAC office and the eight other offices closed in Canada. If Canadians re-elect a Harper government, however, that will not happen. LeRoy Peach Port Morien