October 1, 2012
Shea’s Cabinet Influence More Myth than Legend
OTTAWA – In May, Veteran Affairs Minister Steven Blaney announced that the position of Director General of Communications for Veterans Affairs was moving back to the department’s national headquarters in Charlottetown. At this time, Blaney said one of the reasons for the change was because Egmont MP Gail Shea “[was] a very strong advocate” for Islanders.
The reality is that the move was scrapped and an Ottawa-based bureaucrat, who will not be relocated to PEI, has been appointed Acting Director of Communications instead.
“It is upsetting as Prince Edward Island has taken a significantly larger cut in federal jobs over the last couple of years. On top of that, our voice at the table cannot deliver the message that the Department of Veteran Affairs should not have their communications person based out of Ottawa,” remarked Sean Casey, Charlottetown MP and Veteran Affairs Critic for the Liberal Party.
“Shea should work to rectify this or come forth with an explanation of why in 6 months her tune went from personally bringing that position back to Prince Edward Island to a bureaucrat staying up in Ottawa,” commented Casey.
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Christina MacLeod, Executive Assistant for Sean Casey