I will answer in English, as what I have to say is very important.
First off, it is our country. It is every single one of us who is on this call today, with the exception of Ms. O'Brien, and I'm sure she's right there with us in spirit.
We need to do better for our disabled individuals, and I'm going to harken back to that point where I said 30% to 50% of the people are treatment resistant. That means that the very best pharmacology and interventions that VAC is currently employing leaves—let's just cut it in half—40% of the disabled PTSD population as treatment resistant. Rather than explore options that would allow us to get relief from the hell that we're in, they just throw up their hands and say, “I'm sorry. We need more proof. We need more efficacy.” MP Doherty has proved it. MP Samson has talked about it, and there are others in the room today, listening to this, who have seen what these amazing dogs can do.
There is absolutely no reason to look at them as being anything other than a wheelchair for my mind. It is my medical assistive device. I know some people do not like it when I refer to my floppy-eared, brown-eyed, loving, wet-nosed partner as a medical assistive device. However, when she's off duty, she is my goofy girl. I love her to bits. When she's on, she is on and she works.
What we all need to ask ourselves is this. For the people who are suffering, who are treatment resistant and really need that kind of help to get out of the hell that I know they live in, it's available. It is available to this committee to push that forward, because you have the power to say, “I'm sorry; our answer has not been good enough.”
It is not what the people like me have to say, who are suffering a hell, like I say, that you cannot even begin to imagine. If you talk to Dani Forbes, Mrs. MacKenzie or Ms. O'Brien, they are going to tell you what these handlers have experienced, but do you know what? Don't bother to ask them. Don't even bother asking me, or the hundreds of people like me who have a service dog.
Do you know who you really need to ask? Go and ask their family members. They're the ones who live with us. They're the ones who know what it's really like. Ask them. I can guarantee you, those answers—and I have some of them and I can forward them—will prove to you, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we can and must do more.
Hopefully, that helps.