8:30 p.m., Nov. 23)
Galipeau to chair Veteran Affairs committee
By Fred Sherwin
MP Royal Galipeau has been elected by his peers to chair
the House of Commons standing committee on veterans affairs.
is a long-time member of Branch 632 of the Royal Canadian
Legion in Orleans where he is a frequent visitor.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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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