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View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you, Chair.
Minister, it concerns me that it took you so long to determine whether or not families of veterans were concerned about Christopher Garnier's scenario and its impacting them. Believe me, it did impact them. As a matter of fact, it was very clear very quickly that they were very unhappy with this service being provided to him, a non-vet and not a dependent of a veteran's family.
I want to ask you a question specifically in regard to a promise that was made by the Liberal Party in the 2015 election to Aaron Bedard, who was with Equitas at the time. It was in writing to him that they promised they would create a dedicated veterans addictions and mental health treatment centre that would invest directly into the health and recovery of veterans—a hands-on actual treatment centre.
I'm curious. Could you tell me if that's on schedule, and is this promise going to be met before the end of this sitting?
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
No. He asked specifically for treatment, a physical place to treat veterans. It's not to do research, but a place where veterans could go rather than going to these other centres where there are many other different types of people. They wanted a specific treatment centre—hands on.
Yes or no, is that promise being kept?
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
No. This was a separate specific facility for veterans.
Okay, so let's talk about Ste. Anne's—
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
No. I want to carry on.
Let's talk about Ste. Anne's Hospital.
I was able to visit with some wonderful people in eight Legions who came together in Moncton to speak with me at a round table. They are very concerned about their veterans health centre in New Brunswick, which is also, like Ste. Anne's, being handed over to the province. However, there is a memorandum of agreement between the federal government and the province that their care as veterans would be continued in those sites. They're very concerned about what's happening there.
I would like to know, with that memorandum of agreement, have you followed up? Are you making sure that the agreement is being met? How often is that happening?
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
Okay.
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
Will the veterans health centre be included in that as well? There's also a memorandum of agreement there and it's being handed over to New Brunswick.
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
Okay.
Will that report be provided to the committee, please?
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
Will that be provided to the committee, please—the results of that report—and also in regard to the veterans health centre in Moncton, yes or no?
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
I think if you create a memorandum of agreement and promise veterans that they are going to continue to have care in those places, the government should be making sure that the province and the health care system there are being accountable.
Again, we can talk about the pension program. The Parliamentary Budget Officer has made it clear that there are discrepancies between what has been promised and what has happened with the new pension for life.
Medric Cousineau, as well, has indicated that there are many, especially the most needy, who are ending up with less, losing an amount equivalent to $300,000. Sammy Sampson, with the Rwanda vets of Canada, has come up with a very amazing tool called a “pension disparity calculator”. It's based entirely on the government's data for computer use, and it's being shared with veterans across Canada.
You've heard about this disparity. Will this disparity be fixed quickly and what is the timeline?
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
When?
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
Okay. Good. Thank you.
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
Sir, I want to know as well, with all of the 40,000 backlog, there was an increase moving up towards April 1, because there were a lot of individuals who were very concerned that when this pension came in.... As we can see, for the career impact allowance and its supplement, they have not qualified and that's where they're losing.
For anyone who has applied already, even though they're in a backlog, they should be able to get the funding they deserve in that regard, even though it's ending up that because there's a backlog in the department they weren't processed prior to April 1.
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
Okay. Thank you.
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