Newspaper columnist, veterans and government accountability advocate, humanitarian, ethicist, former intelligence officer, husband, & father
Sean Bruyea is a newspaper columnist, media commentator, vice-president of Canadians for Accountability, as well as one of Canada’s most prolific and longstanding veterans’ advocates. Sean began advocating for veterans in 1999 mentored by the mother of modern veterans’ advocacy, Louise Richard. He was the first to publicly oppose the replacement of lifelong benefits with one-time lump sums paid to veterans for their military injuries. Along with Louise Richard, he was also the first modern veteran to publicly call for, and his efforts were instrumental in, the creation of the first veterans’ ombudsman.
Sean’s advocacy work prompted the Veterans Affairs bureaucracy to seek reprisals against him in what some labelled the largest individual privacy breach in Canada’s history. As a result, the federal government made a formal public apology to Sean Bruyea, one of only two of its kind at the time (the other being to Mahar Arar). In spite of disabling military injuries sustained during his service in the first Gulf War (1990-91) as an Air Force intelligence officer to the Canadian Air Group, Sean completed his master’s in Public Ethics in 2016. He devotes much of his time to caring for a wonderful son and wife.
Canada's military veterans are suffering another condition of late: envy. They watch National Defence Ombudsman Gary Walbourne, relentlessly petition government to improve the lives of soldiers. Veterans long for their Ombudsman, Guy Parent, to have the same backbone.