Advocates say bureaucrats sabotaging improvements to veterans care

Veterans of bureaucratic battles over the treatment of ex-soldiers unleashed a scathing critique of the Harper government’s record before a Parliamentary committee.

OTTAWA — Veterans of bureaucratic battles over the treatment of ex-soldiers unleashed a scathing critique of the Harper government’s record before a Parliamentary committee.

Outspoken advocate Sean Bruyea, who was at the centre of a privacy scandal when his personal medical information was leaked, testified that MPs have failed to stand up to the department of veterans affairs and demand recommendations from previous studies be implemented.

The House of Commons veterans committee is reviewing the Conservative government’s signature legislation, which governs the benefits and entitlements of those who’ve served.

It conducted a similar exercise in 2010 and came forward with 18 suggestions for improvements.

Bruyea says the department claims to have implemented 10 of them, but he can’t find evidence to support that, notably on issues such as compensating families who care for severely disabled veterans.

Similarly, 16 recommendations coming from a separate advisory group that oversees the New Veterans Charter have been ignored.

Just Posted

Unemployment rate and EI beneficiaries down in Central Alberta

The unemployment rate for Red Deer region and the number of people… Continue reading

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Women’s marches underway in Canadian cities, a year after Trump inauguration

Women are gathering in dozens of communities across the country today to… Continue reading

Red Deer councillor balks at city getting stuck with more funding responsibilities

Volunteer Central seeks municipal funding after being cut off by government

WATCH news on the go: Replay Red Deer Jan. 21

Watch news highlights from Red Deer and Central Alberta

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

WATCH news on the go: Replay Red Deer Jan. 21

Watch news highlights from Red Deer and Central Alberta

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

In photos: Get ready for Western Canadian Championships

Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championships and Peavey Mart Alberta Cup 5/6 start… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer city council debates cost-savings versus quality of life

Majority of councillors decide certain services are worth preserving

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month