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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Hello, Mr. Saez. I am very pleased to have you with us today.
A few months ago, I attended a Veterans' Review and Appeal Board hearing. I was impressed by the passion shown by the lawyer defending the veteran's case. Quite clearly, their heart is in the right place.
Your office was created in 1971. I would like to know how many lawyers you had on staff at that time.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
That's interesting.
Does Veterans Affairs pay your lawyers' salaries?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
In general, do your lawyers stay with the organization for a long time or is there significant staff turnover?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you.
Of course, the new veterans' charter came into effect in 2006. Would you like to share any observations on the impact of the charter on the type of cases you handle? I would like to hear your observations please.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you.
Has the number of lawyers in your office increased since 2006?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Has your office seen an increase in requests for your services since 2006?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
That's interesting.
In closing, I would like to point out that the name of your organization, the Bureau of Pensions Advocates, does not necessarily reflect current realities. In fact, the new system does not deal with pensions alone.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
I attended a few sessions of your board in Quebec City. I very much appreciated my experience and I thank you for allowing me to attend those hearings. I noticed that you provide legal counsel to veterans who challenge a decision.
I also noticed that, in a number of challenges by veterans—without naming anyone—they said that they didn't have access to doctors to obtain the evidence requested by the department or, at least, by your board. You provide legal services. Do you think medical services—perhaps not by your board—should be provided to veterans who need that medical expertise?
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