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MP Galipeau to chair Veteran Affairs committee

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Ottawa-Orléans MP Royal Galipeau has been elected by his peers to chair the House of Commons standing committee on veterans affairs.

Galipeau is a long-time member of Branch 632 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Orleans where he is a frequent visitor.

As the new chair of the veteran affairs committee he is hoping that his fellow committee members will be able to set aside party partisanship to work in the best interest of Canada's military veterans.

"I'd like members of the committee from both sides to work collaboratively to serve those who have served our country," Galipeau said in a press release. "And to see how best we can help the veterans who need help the most, given the limited resources of what taxpayers pay."

The committee is currently working on possible amendments to the new Veterans Charter enacted in 2006. The updated charter has been criticized by people like retired general Rick Hillier, for not providing as much support for those who have served in the military compared as previous generations.

Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino has acknowledged as recently as two weeks ago that th Charter is a work in progress and that some "issues" need to be addressed and "adjustments" will be made in consultation with veterans and through the committee.

Galipeau says he's looking forward to being part of the process within the framework of parliament and current fiscal constraints that all departments face..

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