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NDP oppose federal job cuts (VAC Cuts)
« on: March 22, 2012, 11:38:14 PM »
NDP oppose federal job cuts (VAC Cuts)

Published on January 23, 2012
Ryan Ross

Atlantic caucus meets in Halifax

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    NDP , Atlantic Caucus , Island Veterans Affairs Canada , Prince Edward Island , Halifax , Atlantic Canada

Despite having no NDP representatives in Parliament for the Island, the party hasn?t forgotten about P.E.I., says a Newfoundland and Labrador MP.

St. John?s East MP Jack Harris said the NDP?s Atlantic Caucus has been talking about holding a meeting in P.E.I. at some point so they can listen to Islanders and let them know the party wants to represent everyone in Canada.

?We?re very much concerned about being an Atlantic caucus,? he said.

The federal NDP held their second Atlantic Caucus meeting in Halifax Monday where the party?s six MPs from the region met with members of the public to get input before Parliament resumes.

All six MPs took part in a news conference Monday afternoon that was open to media by phone.

During the news conference, Harris said it?s getting easier to represent the region as an Atlantic Caucus since the party has three MPs from Nova Scotia, two from Newfoundland and Labrador and one from New Brunswick.

The party hopes to double the number of Atlantic MPs in the next election, he said.

?We?d love to have representation from Prince Edward Island.?

Among the issues the caucus discussed during the news conference were pending budget cuts to federal departments and their effect on services for Canadians.

Harris said the caucus met with representatives for Island Veterans Affairs Canada employees Monday and the MPs were concerned about the number of potential job losses for Charlottetown.

?I think the numbers that we heard were in excess of 1,000 over the next several years, which is a significant blow to the workforce of Charlottetown and we are opposed to that,? he said.

The federal government should take the same position as the U.S. and British governments by avoiding job cuts at their respective veterans affairs departments, he said.

Harris also said the government could cut 4,500 public service jobs in Atlantic Canada, which would all be unnecessary because the government was trying to save money after it reduced revenues through tax cuts.

?That?s wrong,? he said.

The government is taking the wrong approach and it?s not just a matter of facing the current fiscal reality, he said.

?It?s the fact that this government is on the wrong track when it comes to fiscal management of this country.?

St. John?s South-Mount Pearl Ryan Cleary, who is the Atlantic Caucus chair, said the group met with Public Service Alliance of Canada representatives who told them morale is not great in the public service.

?It?s never been worse,? he said.

rross@theguardian.pe.ca

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