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NDP (QC)
Good afternoon. Thank you very much. We appreciate our neighbouring country giving us a helping hand by explaining what it does for its veterans.
The United States of America occupies a very large territory, like Canada for that matter, but you have an advantage, you have a lot more inhabitants. My question is for Mr. Fisher.
You know that nowadays everything is automated, we have communications systems, we have the Internet and phone services of all kinds. We are talking about a new Android telephone, and so forth. I also see that you have mobile service centres for your veterans, which for me is a bit the opposite of that. It personalizes your services a little more.
Do you think you will go on using this approach for a long time to get closer to your veterans?
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NDP (QC)
Do you think it would be a good idea to slowly introduce this service in a sparsely populated country like Canada, where military bases are often very remote, to connect with veterans that settle far away from military bases?
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NDP (QC)
Do you also use these mobile centres to do some advertising aimed at veterans at events, to encourage them to use these services?
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NDP (QC)
Thank you very much for this information.
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NDP (QC)
Mr. Parent, it seems to me that there is a lack of fairness in how veterans are treated. We see that, depending on whether they served in the regular forces or as reservists, they are not treated the same way. Whether they served in war time or on peace missions, they are treated differently. I noted that there are 18 different categories, but you are only dealing with one.
As for those categories, what recommendations would you make to the government in the spirit of fairness, regardless of whether the person is an officer or an ordinary soldier, or where the person served? What recommendations would you make directly to the government or to the members for legislation to resolve this situation?
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NDP (QC)
What also seems to be emerging is that the majority of the complaints that your office receives has to do with health care.
What is it that isn't working with respect to the health care provided by the government to veterans or serving members? How is it that there are so many health care-related complaints?
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NDP (QC)
So, in your opinion, the major problems relating to these two issues stem from the fact that we are multiplying the number of categories, of programs and so on? We are multiplying the bureaucracy and, by the very fact, we are reducing the possibilities that a sick person has. Someone who's sick, regardless of where the person is from, regardless of the illness, needs care and needs income, whether he or she was injured by repairing a gun at Valcartier or somewhere else.
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NDP (QC)
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NDP (QC)
I quite liked your presentation. I would say it rounded out the one that came before.
That presentation drew attention to the fact that veterans subject to the new charter have more problems when it comes to integration and unemployment than those subject to the old charter. What about the new charter, which seems quite positive at first glance, gives rise to more problems? For instance, veterans under the new charter struggle more with unemployment and, it would appear, the issues associated with that.
Do you have any immediate plans to examine the results, so as to determine whether the new charter makes life for veterans better, healthier and more balanced vis-à-vis society as compared with the old charter? We are following a new piece of legislation, but that legislation lowers, rather than improves, veterans' quality of life, does it not?
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NDP (QC)
The focus often seems to shift back to me. Am I not talking enough?
Ms. Bastien, we are talking about financial benefits. How many people receive the earning loss benefit, and how many receive the permanent impairment allowance?
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NDP (QC)
I would like to know whether your two companies are in competition with one another, whether they deliver complementary services or whether each provides its intervention separately? If there is a problem, is it always necessary to go through the government to switch from one company to the other?
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NDP (QC)
Thank you.
That answers my question exactly, in other words, whether the government made companies compete against one another or whether it improved service quality for veterans by choosing companies with different specialities.
That is the case. At the municipal level, it is possible to use ten different companies that each contribute a piece of the puzzle. The same applies here.
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NDP (QC)
No. I appreciate short questions and answers. When I am satisfied with the information, enough said. I'm not one for elaborating just for the sake of it.
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NDP (QC)
I am pleased to meet with the representatives of our three armed forces, that is our military, our navy and our air force.
As you know the government is making budget cuts. First they said 5% and now they are saying 10%. Will the services that you offer, that is transition services or help seeking employment after a military career, be affected? Have you thought of ways to be as effective and continue to offer these services despite these budget cuts? What is certain is that if there are cutbacks, you will also be affected.
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NDP (QC)
My question is for the representatives of the department.
When are you going to answer the people from the Legion and those in Mr. Laidler's program about their requests for support in connection with post-traumatic-stress syndrome? Will you do it next year, in five years, in 16 weeks? When will you let them know that you've heard them?
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