OTTAWA — A prominent group of ex-soldiers is demanding the chairman of a veterans review agency be hauled before a parliamentary committee to explain his expenses.
Canadian Veterans Advocacy says John Larlee’s taxpayer-funded trips to attend lectures in Britain, where his wife was a participant, are suspect, especially in light of planned job reductions at Veterans Affairs Canada.
Mike Blais, the organization’s president, says the chairman of the review and appeal board should be fired, if he can’t provide a suitable explanation for attending the Cambridge Lecture series — or describe how it benefited those who are served by the agency.
John Larlee has regularly attended the Cambridge Lecture series, but went on the federal government’s dime in 2009 and 2011 at a total cost of $7,285.97.
He listed both trips as professional development in the expense records of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board.
Blais says the Conservative government promised to either reform or abolish the board and it’s time it does one or the other.