Crowder Keeps Vet Forum on Track

Jean CrowderVets and their families arrived in Duncan for a forum yesterday with Veteran's Affairs Canada to find it had been cancelled at the last minute after officials in Ottawa decided that the local MP could not attend the meeting she had organized two months ago.

“On Friday, when it was clear that Prime Minister Harper was going to call an election, I checked with Veteran's Affairs in Ottawa to make sure the forum could still go ahead. I was told everything was fine,” said Jean Crowder, NDP MP who is running for re-election. “So it was a surprise to learn that Ottawa suddenly decided to cancel.”

“We got the news only an hour before the scheduled start of the forum,” said Crowder. “I went over to the Duncan Legion immediately to speak with the organizers to see what we could do to get the forum back on track.”

“Some vets had already left because they were so disappointed that their questions weren't going to be answered,” said Crowder. “I had suggested before to the Legion that if they wanted to keep the event non-partisan, I would rather not attend if that would ensure that veterans would get answers. The Legion spoke with officials in the BC region and they were able to get approval for the event to go ahead. Unfortunately it started over an hour late.”

“This was the third Veteran's forum I've organized with the Royal Canadian Legion for veterans and their families in Nanaimo-Cowichan” said Crowder “so I know this is about the veterans, not about the election. I was happy to see it go forward and urged the organizers, in my absence, to let people know that my office is open during the election if they need us to follow up on particular questions.”

For more information call Vern White at 250-710-9656.

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