01/31/2014 04:21 EST | Updated 04/02/2014 05:59 EDT

Newfoundland premier dissatisfied with Veterans Affairs office closures

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The premier of Newfoundland and Labrador is adding his voice to those protesting the closure of eight Veterans Affairs offices across the country.

Tom Marshall says a letter to Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino released Friday that the province remains concerned about the shutdown of the federal office in Corner Brook, N.L.

Marshall says Canadians respect their veterans and expect they will receive the highest quality service, no matter where they happen to live.

He says the province has asked Ottawa to put protocols in place to ensure that the services offered to veterans aren't diminished due to the closures.

Marshall says the province had raised the issue earlier with Fantino but has yet to receive a "substantive response."

The federal government has said it will provide similar service to the veterans at Service Canada centres and through online systems.