Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Veterans Affairs is totally out of touch.
For two years, he has been unable to forecast the needs of his department; yet, he has done nothing to correct the situation, despite a stern warning from the Auditor General, who told him that his data did not take into account the growing needs of soldiers with post-traumatic stress.
For the past two years, the minister has been laying off all kinds of staff and closing regional offices without knowing what the future needs would be. Now, he has to backtrack and rehire some staff.
It is high time the Prime Minister gave veterans a nice gift by dismissing this irresponsible minister.