ACAC

Department of Veterans Affairs ombudsman

Feds love veterans for photo ops, but not so much as ‘a budget line’

Sean Bruyea Prime Minister Stephen Harper has expressed his admiration for America.  Explosive scandals in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the rapid response provide a powerful teachable moment for the PM and the “hero” of Canada’s own veteran scandals, Minister Julian Fantino. Although longstanding, wait times for healthcare from the U.S. VA exploded over …

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Veterans bang heads against Parliamentary, bureaucratic wall

Sean Bruyea The hue and cry from veterans and their families has not dimmed but grown stronger since 2005 when Parliament passed the legislation we now know as the ‘New Veterans Charter’ or NVC. Will Parliament take up veterans’ torch and finally make bureaucracy work for veterans? As the unaddressed recommendations accumulate, will the NVC …

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New Veterans Affairs minister: same old crisis of insensitivity

Sean Bruyea Veterans aren’t happy and recently-appointed Veterans Affair Minister Julian Fantino is only fanning the fire with the usual parroting of bureaucratic misinformation. How do veterans and other Canadians hold a minister and his bureaucracy accountable for spreading half-truths and misleading claims? The first step to accountability is to uncover the truth. The situation …

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