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Veterans  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague, the hon. member for Saint-Laurent, for her support for veterans and their families. Veteran homelessness is unacceptable. One homeless veteran is too many. Last week, I met with organizations working to reduce veteran homelessness. This partner

June 12th, 2018House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, there is no question that one suicide is one too many. I am continuing to work with the Minister of National Defence on this as a priority of our government. To this end, we have hired 460 new front-line staff, and 4,000 mental health professionals that we work with

June 4th, 2018House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I will not even draw attention to the fact that the party opposite voted against funding for service dogs, but I will speak to the issue directly. Governments previous had attempted to drive a national standard for service dogs. We realized this was not getting anyw

April 19th, 2018House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, for everything the Conservatives took away over 10 years, in two years we have replaced, in two years we have made better: an increased pain and suffering award; a pension for life; an education benefit of up to $80,000. I would be happy to occupy more of this House'

February 26th, 2018House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the diagnosis is in, and the amnesia has set in very thick. Ten years. I am going to assume that the hon. member forgets the protests that occurred over 10 years protesting his government. If Conservatives had gotten it done, it would have gotten done. It did not g

February 26th, 2018House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, an increased pain and suffering award; increased income replacement; an increased estate exemption for veterans' funerals and burial; an education benefit of up to $80,000 that will come in with the new budget; redesigned career transition; a recognition benefit for

February 26th, 2018House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Veterans Affairs  First, Mr. Speaker, I want to congratulate the hon. member on winning her nomination. As everybody in this House knows, I also very much welcome the opportunity, in any instance, to compare the record of this government in two years to the record of the previous government. I c

February 26th, 2018House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, an increased pain and suffering award, an increased income replacement, increased estate exemption for veterans funerals and burials, an education benefit of up to $80,000, redesigned career transition, a recognition benefit for caregivers, a centre for excellence fo

February 13th, 2018House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, in Corner Brook, Newfoundland; Sydney, Nova Scotia; Charlottetown, P.E.I.; Thunder Bay, Ontario; Brandon, Manitoba; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Kelowna; Windsor; Prince George; all offices were closed by the previous government. All offices were reopened by this governm

February 12th, 2018House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, we have delivered on our promise for a pension for life. It is a plan to ensure that veterans have a full and productive life post-service. It is monthly, it is tax free, and it is for life. It provides income replacement payable at 90% of a veteran's pre-release sal

February 12th, 2018House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the best way to show respect to our veterans is through actions and not just words anymore. As many in the House know, I relish the opportunity to compare the record of this government versus the record of the previous government. I enjoy talking about examples of

February 12th, 2018House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, veterans' homelessness is unacceptable, which is why we have identified it as a priority of this government. Our government is investing $2.2 billion over 10 years to tackle homelessness through our redesigned and expanded federal homelessness program, complemented

February 12th, 2018House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I would ask the hon. member this. Maybe he could ask the member for Barrie—Innisfil why he said the Conservatives lost the trust of veterans. Was it the nine offices they closed? Was it all the front-line staff they fired? Was it all the balancing of budgets on the b

February 7th, 2018House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, we are committed to the well-being of veterans and their families. We have kept our promise. The new lifetime pension option is a monthly non-taxable benefit for life that recognizes pay and suffering and provides income replacement up to 90% of a soldier's pre-rele

February 7th, 2018House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I am always glad to have the opportunity to speak to the government's record on veterans and to compare it to those on the other side. Let me take our new pension for life proposal and talk about a 30-year-old veteran, with 12 years of service, with osteoarthritis o

February 7th, 2018House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal