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View Hélène Laverdière Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I'm a former public servant, although I was in the foreign service. My definition may not be traditional, but for me, everybody who serves the country is a public servant. Anyway, that's my point of view.
I'll switch to French now. I prefer “public servant” in English, because it sounds better than “fonctionnaire”.
View Hélène Laverdière Profile
NDP (QC)
I have many questions to ask. The first is for Ms. Lowther and Mr. Semianiw.
I represent a downtown Montreal riding with a lot of homelessness, a lot of homeless people. We know that situation in itself is an impediment to getting a job. You work with veterans who are homeless or are about to be. I assume that complicates the situation.
Do you think the government is doing enough for veterans in terms of housing assistance and social housing?
View Hélène Laverdière Profile
NDP (QC)
That brings me to a comment you made, Mr. Zimmermann. You talked about bureaucratic impediments and difficulties in the relationship with the Department of National Defence and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Could you elaborate on that?
View Hélène Laverdière Profile
NDP (QC)
I apologize if these are personal comments, but I want to say that we see this in Montreal, especially in my riding, Laurier—Sainte-Marie.
It makes me think of a report published in 2015 by the National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman. It said that the National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman and the Veterans Affairs Ombudsman were of the opinion that the Canadian Armed Forces were in the best position to decide whether a medical release was attributable to service or not under Bill C-27. I would like to know everyone's opinion and whether you agree with that.
View Hélène Laverdière Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I want to thank the two witnesses for their presentations today.
I like to go back to English, as you know, to talk about the public service.
I think it shows a lot that a service number is not recognized as a PRI. There is this kind of separation.... That the major public service, which is to serve one's country abroad at the peril of one's safety and one's life, is not considered public service, I have a huge problem with that.
I think there are things that are often part of your testimony and that we have heard before, including the need to train public servants for employment. There seems to be a very significant obstacle to that. Targets should perhaps also be established. I was being told earlier that the United States Department of Energy has a target of 20%, which is pretty impressive. I think that is a key point.
From another perspective, I will ask you to dream a little. We are talking about a transition plan that would be applied before people leave the military to help them face the cultural shock, the fact that they no longer have their daily lives managed, that they have to learn how to answer during an interview—going beyond medical or other needs. It would be about having a transition plan that would be implemented before demobilization.
I would like you to dream for us to see what that might include.
View Hélène Laverdière Profile
NDP (QC)
We have understood from all the testimony today that no transition program is provided to military members who are leaving the armed forces. There is no follow-up. Once it's done, you no longer exist. I assume there isn't much available for families either.
View Hélène Laverdière Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I thank everyone for today's very insightful presentations.
Congratulations to Ms. Izzeddin on learning French and on her community involvement. That's very good, and I congratulate her.
My first question is for Ms. Gibbs, who mentioned that the—
Can you hear me?
Are you receiving the interpretation?
View Hélène Laverdière Profile
NDP (QC)
If there's a problem with the interpretation, I can do it....
View Hélène Laverdière Profile
NDP (QC)
You talked about inherent difficulties with the experimental program you wanted to participate in, and a time limit of—
View Hélène Laverdière Profile
NDP (QC)
I'll speak in English for time purposes.
You did mention this experimental program, this new program—I can't remember how to say it in English—with a time limit of 12 months, and the difficulties it presents to you. Could you explain a bit more what kind of challenges that time frame poses for you?
View Hélène Laverdière Profile
NDP (QC)
We know that the ability to predict and anticipate is absolutely necessary for doing a good job.
I have another question for both of you before I come back to the witnesses from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, if I have time.
Do you provide child care services to the women who attend your training?
View Hélène Laverdière Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you very much.
Ms. Mooney, you welcome 12,000 young newcomers per year. I have two questions for you.
First, do refugees make up a large proportion of those newcomers? Second, are you also making a special effort to attract those young people?
I agree with you that integrating women and young people is a form of prevention. It is much more effective than taking action after the fact.
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