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Veterans Well-being Act  moved for leave to introduce Bill C-42, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act, the Pension Act and the Department of Veterans Affairs Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. (Motions deemed adopted, bill r

March 24th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, budget 2017 focuses on the overall well-being of veterans and their families by investing in mental health supports, educational opportunities, and career transition services. I can say we remain committed to a pension-for-life option, and this too will better serve

March 24th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his commitment to veterans across Canada. We are committed to finding veterans more work in both the public sector as well as the private sector. Since the passing of the Veterans Hiring Act in 2014, we have brought on board a mandate, throug

March 21st, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his advocacy on behalf of veterans and their families and his constituents. I know this is an extremely difficult situation. Any time Veterans Affairs is notified of an untimely or unexpected death we undertake a review of that file, and this w

February 24th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans  Mr. Speaker, our thoughts are with the family and friends and those impacted by this tragedy. It is deeply saddening to hear of anyone taking his or her own life. When it comes to suicide prevention, we always need to do better. Our government is committed to expanding access t

February 15th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, that is why the Minister of National Defence and I are working very hard on closing the seam to ensure we professionalize the release process and ensure that when our men and women in uniform are leaving the service they get the help they need where and when they nee

February 9th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the well-being of veterans and their families is at the heart of all we do at Veterans Affairs. Delivering timely benefits is an area where we can and must do better. In 2015-16, we saw a 19% increase in the number of disability benefit claims. This is a good thing.

February 9th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to veterans and their families, full stop. After the previous 10 years with the former government frankly ignoring veterans' concerns by the fact that it closed offices, that it reduced one-third of the front-line staff, it is shocking tha

February 9th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Job Losses in the Energy Sector  Mr. Chair, we have stood by Albertans, and we continue to deliver on their behalf. I understand the plight of many Albertans. They are facing a difficult time. Neighbours, friends, kids I went to school with, are not working right now, and that is difficult to hear. That is why

February 8th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Job Losses in the Energy Sector  Mr. Chair, I listened with great interest to that member. I will agree with her that the former federal government did not look after Alberta's interests very well in either the short-term or the long-term. The previous government was not successful in diversifying markets for

February 8th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Job Losses in the Energy Sector  Mr. Chair, our government is keenly aware of the situation in Alberta. I can assure members in this House that our government has approached the economic downturn in Alberta with nothing but concern, compassion, and a dedication to assist with the economic recovery. The former g

February 8th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, our department is committed to getting our soldiers, sailors, and aviators the care they need when and where they need it. We go through a complex array of systems of care to get them mental health supports and physical supports, whether that is through our 11 OSI cl

February 8th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, with regard to part a), a diagnosed medical condition and evidence that the condition or disability is related to military service is required to receive a disability benefit from Veterans Affairs Canada. Canadian Armed Forces members and veterans with a disability a

January 30th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I am extremely proud to be reopening doors that were previously closed to veterans and their families. Veterans have selflessly served our country and our government is recognizing their service by enhancing financial benefits and restoring and expanding access to cr

January 30th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, Veterans Affairs Canada does not track data-specific information for veterans claiming benefits for sexual harassment, sexual trauma, and sexual assault, as a service-related injury and, therefore, is unable to provide the requested information. Veterans Affairs Ca

December 1st, 2016House debate

Kent HehrLiberal