Veterans Affairs Minister and Deputy Defense Minister Lawrence Macaulay stand up during questioning in the House of Commons on Capitol Hill in Ottawa, March 25, 2022. (The Canadian Press/Patrick Doyle)
a Union On behalf of thousands of Veterans Affairs Canada employees, I am calling on the Prime Minister to replace Lawrence Macaulay as Minister of Veterans Affairs.
In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Union One Veterans Affairs employee said his repeated refusal to meet to discuss their concerns had caused him to lose trust in Mr. Macaulay.
Those concerns include a $570 million contract the department recently awarded to an outside company related to rehabilitation services for veterans.
Veterans Affairs says the deal benefits both veterans and employees, but the union’s National President Virginia Bayancourt says it has the opposite effect.
Vaillancourt also noted that the government continues to rely on agency workers to meet its order backlog and other challenges, as opposed to repeated calls from the General Accountability Office and others to hire more permanent staff. also raised an issue.
Macaulay’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.