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View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
I'll take a few more seconds to adjust that point.
I said “affected”, and clearly affected, because we have the school board—
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
I am. I'm looking right at the witness from the school board—
The Vice-Chair (Mr. Peter Stoffer): Very good. Thank you.
Mr. Pierre Lemieux:—and I'm saying “affected”, because the school board is here and has written a letter saying that this will affect children in school and it will affect the schools.
I will leave my case there. Thank you.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
We should probably go in camera.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
It was a suggestion. It is not a motion yet. I am looking at my colleagues. Last time Mr. Valeriote asked to go in camera.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Chair.
I think we are fortunate to have Mr. Harris here with us today, so I thank him for being here.
I would like to ask him a question, if I may, through you, Chair.
What Mr. Lizon just pointed out was that Canadians don't really know the legal terminology of the act. Is it a “holiday”? Is it a “legal holiday”? As I mentioned, and as I think Mr. Valeriote said, there is confusion over whether that, therefore, makes it a statutory holiday or not. That's one comment.
The second comment is that the analyst has clarified that legally speaking there is no difference between the act's saying a “holiday” or saying a “legal holiday”.
So the question I want to ask to the proponent, to Mr. Harris, is this. Could you refresh our memories on the purpose of the bill, when we've just heard all of this discussion and I think that there is the risk of confusion? It's being clarified around this table, for example, but maybe not in the minds of Canadians who are not following every word that is being spoken here at the table.
If I may, I'd like to ask Mr. Harris that question.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Just to follow up on Ms. Ablonczy's comments, I understand the intent to clarify. I think that's a good intent but there can always be unintended consequences. My concern is that the unintended consequence is greater confusion even though the original intent was to clarify, which is kind of what Diane was saying. That's certainly my concern and I think the concern of some colleagues around the table.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
You'd have to summarize that into something we could digest.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
I agree. I think that's a great plan.
For my part, I'm actually glad it came to the veterans committee because I think just in the comments we had, the discussion we had, the analyst's notes, it's helped. It has added to the debate in a constructive way, so I'm actually glad it came here.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Yes, thank you, Chair.
As we discussed at the end of our last meeting, this is something that I have been working on with his schedule. He's had a rather demanding schedule with a number of announcements and with, of course, the summit that he had organized and a number of other commitments as well. I don't have a final date today, but I will tell you that it's imminent. It will be very soon. I'm hoping to report back to committee, but yes, I'm working on that. Thank you.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
I'll just say that I take his comments under consideration. The minister wants to come to committee. It's just a question of coordination. Thank you.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Do you see the discrimination?
Voices: Oh, oh!
Mr. Pierre Lemieux: He picks on me. It's all the time.
First of all, I want to thank you for coming here today. It's very educational for us as committee members to plug into you directly and to hear what you're doing on the ground to support veterans, and also, I think, to help Canadians support veterans. I think Canadians want to support veterans. They sometimes don't know how to go about it or what organizations are active, so your outreach is really important.
I wanted to ask Wounded Warriors about your program, the Can Praxis PTSD equine program. I had somebody ask me about it just this week. The person was a potential service provider, someone who said that they had heard about it. They obviously had read an article in the paper about equine therapy for veterans.
I wanted to ask you a little about the program, particularly, though, in terms of access. How would a veteran access the program? How would veterans find out where it's offered and how would they get access?
The second thing is that if there's a service provider, an equine organization or a farm with horses that are trained for therapy, etc., how would they let you know that they are available to assist with this program?
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
I actually think horses are very noble and very majestic animals and I think there is a bonding that takes place. My daughters used to ride, and I know the kind of relationship that can form.
Are you standing? Is it over? I'm sorry. I saw you look that way.
I'll stop there, Chair. Thank you.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Chair, I think we should just go with the plan, which is to leave 15 minutes at the end of the meeting to go over committee business. I don't think we can extend the meeting because a lot of us have commitments and we simply can't stay later. I would say, let's just launch and partition off 15 minutes at the end of the meeting where we'll deal with committee business.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much, Chair.
Thank you very much for being here in front of committee today and for highlighting what we're studying, which is the transition process as well as transitioning programs. Maybe that's where I'd like to shift my questioning at the beginning. Some of the transition that a veteran goes through is related to process and of course some of it is related to programming in terms of what kind of tangible support they receive.
I wanted to ask a few questions about some of the more recent announcements. I ask it because the recent announcements by the minister are very much aligned with recommendations that you had made as the veterans ombudsman and also aligned well with recommendations that the committee made. Some were implemented and some were not quite implemented.
For example, I'm not going to list them all, but could I ask you to perhaps comment on the reserve parity? That is respect for reservists and of course that announcement was saying that part-time reservists would be treated, in terms of access to the benefit that they receive, the same as a full-time, regular force soldier. I'm wondering if you might have a comment on that. Did that achieve what it was you were hoping it would achieve when you made the recommendation?
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