01/30/2014 09:36 EST | Updated 04/01/2014 05:59 EDT

MPs debate NDP motion in support of veterans

Members of Parliament prepare to debate an NDP motion calling for the government to reverse its decision to close veterans offices, as veterans themselves are in Ottawa with union officials to lobby for the same thing. will be livestreaming the debate starting at 10 a.m. ET. 

The motion, introduced by NDP MP Sylvain Chicoine, also calls for the House of Commons to address "the mental-health crisis facing Canadian soldiers and veterans by hiring appropriate mental health professionals" and to prioritize and conclude "the over 50 outstanding boards of inquiry on military suicides so that grieving families may have answers and closure."

The motion comes as a storm of anger sweeps through Parliament, caused by a bitter meeting Tuesday evening between veterans and Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, with a number of opposition members calling for Fantino's resignation.