Stakeholder Outreach from November 2016 to March 2017

Ottawa, ON - May 26, 2017

Outreach trips to Surrey, Belleville, Petawawa, Calgary and Edmonton

As the weather warms, I am happy to share with you the highlights of my stakeholder outreach activities. Unlike town halls, where I generally meet with individual Veterans, at stakeholder meetings I meet with groups and organizations that support Veterans and their families.  During the fall and winter, I met with local Veterans’ groups, community leaders, and service providers in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, and I appreciate the questions and concerns raised. They help me identify regional inconsistencies and put the stamp of truth on Veterans’ issues as I bring them forward to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Affairs Canada.  Together we are making change happen.

Two main themes emerged in these outreach meetings. Firstly, there is a lack of centralized information available to Veterans and their families prior to transition and a need for tools to find suitable employment. From that rises a concern for intermediary support and coordination between Veterans’ organizations and communities with employment agencies to facilitate and advance the transition process. Secondly, I heard that the access to medical support for military families in transition is difficult. There are challenges Veterans and their families face in the availability of therapy and mental health diagnosis, medical history, and the transitional gaps in health services.  

Many points were raised about financial compensation for spouses and caregivers, as well as the Military Family Resource Centre Pilot Project. Both are addressed to a degree in Budget 2017.  The need for a Veteran Identification card was also mentioned in Edmonton, Belleville, and Petawawa, and the call for closer consideration of the differences from one unique Veteran’s case to another was pointed out to me in Surrey. I want you to know that my team and I heard your concerns and are following up on them.   

Finally, I would like to thank all those involved in the outstanding planning and execution of these outreach activities, as well as my team for their hard work and drive that continues to fuel each campaign. I look forward to meeting you and hearing your views and concerns on Veterans’ issues at my upcoming stakeholder meetings.


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Alain said:

Why aren't you bringing up the Pension Promise from the Liberals at Public Level? Are you afraid of losing your job or simply putting time in. You dont seem to be doing much for us Vets. People are being denied their Medicinal Marijuana over 3 gr/day and nothing from you being against it?. Maybe you need to resign and let someone else, that really care about Vets, be in front of the back and fight for Vets.

June 12, 2017 8:40 AM