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Meeting No. 33
Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs met at 3:32 p.m. this day, in Room 112-N, Centre Block, the Chair, Greg Kerr, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Eve Adams, Sean Casey, Corneliu Chisu, Richard M. Harris, Greg Kerr, Wladyslaw Lizon, Ben Lobb, Irene Mathyssen, Manon Perreault and Peter Stoffer.


Acting Members present: Hon. Laurie Hawn for Brian Storseth and Isabelle Morin for Sylvain Chicoine.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Jean-Rodrigue Paré, Analyst.


Witnesses: Department of Veterans Affairs: Krista Locke, Regional Director General; Colleen Soltermann, Director, Outreach, Consultation and Engagement.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, the Committee resumed its study of Transformation Initiatives at Veterans Affairs Canada.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.


At 4:27 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:32 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday, November 24, 2011, the Committee resumed its review of the delivery of front-line health and wellbeing services for Canadian Veterans.

The Committee resumed consideration of a draft report.


It was agreed, — That the draft report, as amended, be adopted.


It was agreed, — That the report be entitled: "Improving Services to Improve Quality of Life for Veterans and Their Families".


It was agreed, — That the Chair, Clerk and analyst be authorized to make such grammatical and editorial changes as may be necessary without changing the substance of the report.


ORDERED, — That the Chair present the report to the House.


It was agreed, — That the Committee append to its report dissenting or supplementary opinions from the NDP and the Liberal party, provided that they are no more than 5 pages in length and be submitted electronically to the Clerk of the Committee, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2012.


It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee request that the Government table a comprehensive response to the report.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

It was agreed, — That the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, at the conclusion of its current study, undertake a review of the processes and activities of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB) and, that the Committee report to the House any recommendations to improve the current appeal process or, to recommend any other changes deemed necessary.


It was agreed, — That the Standing Committee of Veterans Affairs invite Veterans Affairs Canada Officials to present details and process of the Veterans Affairs 2012-2013 Report on Plans and Priorities next Thursday, May 17th.


It was agreed, — That the Chair, on behalf of the Committee, send a letter of condolence to the family of Mr. Garth Webb.


At 5:17 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Cynara Corbin
Clerk of the Committee

2012/05/16 9:10 a.m.