Em­ploy­ment lev­els not static at DVA

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

The Min­is­ter of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs, Erin O’Toole dropped into Vet­er­ans Af­fairs head­quar­ters in Char­lot­te­town last week to re-an­nounce sixty-one new hires with the aim of bet­ter sup­port­ing our vet­er­ans. That is wel­come news for vet­er­ans and for Char­lot­te­town. The deep cuts in the aus­ter­ity bud­gets of this Con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity have been par­tic­u­larly hard on Is­lan­ders. The Min­is­ter also sug­gested that em­ploy­ment lev­els at Vet­er­ans’ Af­fairs in Char­lot­te­town have re­mained ‘rel­a­tively static’. This is not true.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion of Canada, just over 1,400 peo­ple worked for Vet­er­ans Af­fairs in P.E.I. in 2010, prior to the Con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity. By 2014, that num­ber had fallen to 1,023 peo­ple. A 27% drop. And this was at a time when the over­all civil ser­vice was be­ing cut by about 5%. Make no mis­take. Is­lan­ders and Vet­er­ans were dealt a dis­pro­por­tion­ately bad hand.

This was from a Min­is­ter, who refers to him­self as “very much a data- and met­ric-driven min­is­ter.” There is lit­tle sense in his call­ing for bet­ter data if he is not truly will­ing to use it to in­form his de­ci­sion-mak­ing, let alone his talk­ing points. The data is right. He should use it and stop treat­ing Is­lan­ders as fools. Sean Casey MP for Char­lot­te­town

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