Minister Fantino sorry for behaviour at meeting with angry veterans

Above: Veterans were outraged and saddened by the way Julian Fantino dismissed their concerns about the closing of regional Veterans Affairs offices. Min. Julian Fantino apologized, but many say that’s not enough. Vassy Kapelos reports.

OTTAWA – Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino extended an olive branch to aggrieved veterans angry about the impending closure of eight of the department’s regional offices.

It’s an attempt to stem the tide of political outrage among a core Conservative constituency.

Fantino, who arrived late for a meeting with seven ex-soldiers, says he’s sorry for the way it was handled and doesn’t want it to be seen as a reflection on his commitment to the men and women in uniform.

Watch video above: Julian Fantino apologizes for mishandling meeting with veterans

Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair joined the veterans in demanding Fantino step down – or be fired.

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On his way to a caucus meeting, the NDP leader called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to issue a “sincere apology” to veterans who took part in a meeting with the minister Tuesday night.

The minister has rejected pleas to keep the offices open.

Watch below: A group of veterans voiced their displeasure following a meeting with Veterans Affairs minister Julian Fantino. The veterans called Fantino’s actions appalling, disrespectful and disgraceful and called for his resignation.

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