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Today on the Hill: Controversy to persist over Veterans Affairs office closures

The Peace Tower is seen on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on November 5, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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The Peace Tower is seen on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on November 5, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA - Questions will continue today in the House of Commons over the closure of Veterans Affairs offices in eight locations across the country.

But the answers will likely be subdued as the major players are usually absent from question period on Fridays, and the government has already made clear that it's standing by the decision.

The opposition parties are calling on Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino to resign.

But Fantino says he's not going anywhere, and insists the closures, slated for today, would proceed.

Here are some of the other events expected in Ottawa today:

— We'll get a picture of how the economy was shaping up last fall as Statistics Canada releases gross domestic product figures for November.

— The Supreme Court of Canada will rule in the case of a family feud over the sale of an apartment building in Moncton, N.B. (A.I. Enterprises Ltd. vs Bram Enterprises Ltd.)

— Terry Audla, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, speaks to Canadian and international business and Inuit leaders about economic and social development in the north.

— The speakers from the Senate and House of Commons will do what they do best — speak — at the Canadian Presiding Officers' conference.

— Ottawa Tourism president and CEO Noel Buckley will lay out his offices plans for tourism in the national capital as he addresses business leaders.

— And Heritage Minister Shelly Glover and Gatineau mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin will launch Winterlude's Snowflake Kingdom.

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Veterans are being shortchanged by Canada's government.<br /><br />"It's Tommy this, and Tommy that, and chuck him out, the brute. <br />But its' 'Saviour of his Country' when guns begin to shoot<br />.For God and soldier we adore, In time of danger, not before !<br />The danger passed, and all things righted.God is forgotten and the soldier slighted." <br />Rudyard Kipling ( 1865 − 1936 )<br /><br />One hundred and fifty years past and more, <br />Nothing has changed for our soldiers and veterans.<br /><br />A Veteran

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