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View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
Thanks, Mr. Chair.
Just before we start with our witnesses today, we've obviously had five occasions now when we brought forward the motion to get to the bottom of the interference from the Prime Minister in the building of the national monument for the mission in Afghanistan. We've tried to schedule it a couple of times now, I think, to give ourselves a half an hour at the end, but there have always been ways that it's been obstructed.
I wonder if we can just try to get that finished. It's been going on for months now. Can we just schedule, for the Monday after the break week, a full two-hour meeting in public to deal with the motion? I ask for unanimous consent to schedule two hours on the Monday after the break week to deal with that motion in public.
View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
Sadly, the cover-up continues.
View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
I have a point of order, Chair. I'm sorry to do it, but I'm a little unclear.
Did the Liberals offer to have the meeting for two hours to deal with the motion once and for all, or did they refuse unanimous consent?
View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
The Liberals refused. Okay.
Thank you.
View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
First, thank you to all of our presenters today for very informative presentations.
Thank you to those of you who served our country for your service, both in the military and in your service to your fellow veterans now.
There are a number of things that a veteran in transition into their civilian life obviously needs in order to be successful. Some of those things are what I'll call traditional supports: the programs and benefits that are available; doctors, like Lieutenant-Colonel Perron mentioned; and getting access to proper medical support. Having a family doctor is a huge part of that, and that's a big challenge right now—there's no question. I'm hopeful we'll get a chance to have questions on that.
I think peer support is another one of those things. A sense of purpose is something else. Often, when you're coming out of the armed forces, you're looking for that sense of purpose that replaces the one you know you felt in the armed forces. A career, of course, is important for most, if not all.
There's also, of course, a place to live. I want to start with this one and get to some of the others.
I want to ask Mr. Cathcart if he could speak to that in terms of those he works with in his program and consultancy. Have you heard of or seen veterans who are going homeless or are underhoused in the current situation?
View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you.
You know, thank God for folks at places like the Good Shepherd Ministries, who are picking up the slack where the government's failed our veterans in meeting those needs. Thank you for the work you're doing in partnership with them to make that possible.
Can I stick with you? On skills training and whatnot, I've often heard from veterans that they have already acquired certain skills and knowledge in their roles in the military, and then they're not able to transfer them to a civilian career, even though they have the skills and the knowledge required, because they don't actually have the paperwork or the civilian equivalent to show they picked them up in the armed forces.
Is this something you've seen? What would you suggest could be done to make sure that the real-world experience they have from the armed forces can be applied to civilian careers in a more timely and efficient manner?
View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you.
I wish I had more time. I had several more questions. Unfortunately, I know that's how it works. Even on Valentine's Day I won't be allowed.
View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Fortier, I'll start with you.
Thank you for your service to the country, and thank you for your testimony today.
My French isn't perfect, so I'll ask my questions in English. I have two questions for you, one about doctors and one about housing.
The first question is about housing.
We heard from a previous witness here and the defence committee also heard from the executive director of the Legion in Nova Scotia about many problems. We're hearing not just about veterans, but certainly about veterans in terms of having a lack of housing, for example. There are many homeless veterans—far too many of them, and the number seems to be growing. However, we're also hearing now about even serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces in some places who do not have housing. They can't afford it. They're living in cars or they're couch surfing, etc.
I wonder if, in your work with the Legion in Quebec, you've heard about these issues with veterans who are homeless or struggling with housing.
View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
It sounds as though it's a growing problem. I think what I'm hearing is that it hasn't been as big a challenge in your area or in Quebec in general. However, recently you've been seeing a lot more homeless veterans given the cost of living crisis we're facing and things like that.
Would you say that's a large part of it—the cost of living crisis? Are there other things that you think are part of it?
View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
One veteran who is homeless is too many, and one member of our forces who is homeless is too many, but there are far more than that unfortunately. Thank you both for your contribution on that.
I want to ask you about doctors, Mr. Fortier. You mentioned that there are lots of programs and services available. Sometimes veterans say there are so many different programs that it's confusing. It makes it hard to access any of them, but one of the challenges to being able to access any of them is that you have to have a doctor who can understand the darned paperwork and who is prepared to actually accept doing all the paperwork that the government finds necessary in order to provide benefits and services.
You talked about your own experience, but can you talk about some of the experiences you've heard about from other veterans you've worked with as well?
View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
It's pretty sad when it's so complicated to deal with the forms that even a doctor won't take a veteran on because of that. It's something we have to change.
View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
Thanks.
Maybe, Commodore Bouchard, I'll start with you.
Could you provide the number of CAF members who have been released from the armed forces since the inception of the transition centres? You can provide it by year or as an overall number.
View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
Okay. Can you tell us how many veterans have utilized the transition centres, and what percentage that would be of those releasing members since the centres were created?
View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
You do have that number; you just don't have it with you.
View Blake Richards Profile
CPC (AB)
Okay. If you could provide that in writing to the committee, please, that would be appreciated and very helpful. I think this is a great initiative, frankly, but we have to have those kinds of metrics to be able to know how successful it is. Can you maybe give us some sense of the metrics you would be utilizing to determine the success?
I know there's only been a limited period of time, and they're not fully set up. However, obviously it would be good to get some sense as to what their success has been in terms of something that would give us concrete numbers or metrics.
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