In British Columbia, the provincial government only recognizes one organization, and that's an American organization that self accredits.
Because my dog was trained out of Winnipeg, I as a person with a disability am required to pay a fee to do a test to certify my dog. A veteran with exactly the same disability who has a dog from this American organization isn't required to do the test or pay a fee—they get a pass.
We're not getting any assistance in B.C. Right now with my service dog, I am denied public access to any provincial offices. In the last couple of weeks, I've been denied access or removed from BC ferries. I'm not allowed to travel on BC ferries because my dog does not belong to this organization that's recognized by the provincial government.
We can't get any traction with the provincial government; they don't want to hear it.
When our constitutional and our human rights are being violated, I can't get accommodation because the province doesn't recognize my service dog. They've given the exclusive rights to one American organization, and the Veterans Affairs study, along with the Canadian General Standards Board proposal to do a national standard went off the rails—and I've got the information—because the former speaker of the House in B.C. had a direct impact on both those studies. The former speaker is a member of Assistance Dogs International, and so were two other MLAs. That issue has caused problems not only for me, but also for four other veterans in my local area and 300 veterans who have service dogs from outside Assistance Dogs International.