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Guy Parent
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Guy Parent
2017-05-01 16:31
Thank you. That's a good point.
The Canadian solution is to reduce the duplicity and the complexity of it, because there are too many departments involved in it right now. When we talk about seamless transition, it's not seamless right now; it's very confusing. That's why the government needs to introduce a governance process so that one department is responsible for the transition from the military career to a civilian new normal, not just a civilian job but a new normal—stability in finance, stability in health care, all expenses reimbursed, that sort of thing.
Again, I think what's important is to go to other countries. They might not have this particular slide, but they must have some kind of footprint or some kind of map of how they provide benefits and what their intent is. Let's not forget that this new Veterans Charter changed the way we deal with veterans and families. At one point in time under the old Pension Act, it was reimbursement on a monthly pension for life. If you got better, you got less money, and if you got worse, you got more money, so it was not an incentive to get better.
This one is based on wellness and on the actual rehabilitation to civilian employment. We've been dealing with tweaking it from 2006 until now. This is the business now. I would say that once you have an outcome, you can simplify those benefits down to three or four, and that's it.
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