Kent Hehr

Canada's Veterans Deserve A Courageous Ombudsman

Sean Bruyea | Posted 05.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Sean Bruyea

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.

Lifelong Pensions For Vets Not 'Off The List Of Things To Do': Morneau

The Huffington Post Canada | Ryan Maloney | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Politics

The promise did not crack the latest budget.

Replacing Parliamentary Secretary A Gross Disservice To Veterans

Bruce Moncur | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

If I were a member of the Liberal caucus who unceremoniously and quietly replaced a parliamentary secretary that cared about veterans with someone that helped ensure that 2015 would not be the last past-the-post election, I know I couldn't look myself in the mirror.

Restricting Veterans' Medical Cannabis Will Cost Lives

Marc Davis | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Marc Davis

Whether help comes in the form of artillery fire, jet fighters, or helicopter gunships, no expense is spared to support and protect our troops when the bullets start flying. But is the federal government willing to continue to fork out $85 a day to keep each of our veterans with PTSD out of harm's way? Apparently not!

Veterans Day Honours Aboriginal Soldiers Who Fought, Died For Canada

CP | Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Politics

November 8 is National Aboriginal Veterans Day.

Injured Soldiers Being Cut Loose Too Soon: Military Watchdog

CP | Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Politics

Gary Walbourne has released a landmark report.

Feds Give $2.9M Boost To Program Helping Vets Find Work

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Politics

The money is going to the Mood Disorders Society of Canada.

Liberals Not Standing By Promises To Vets: Lawyer

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Politics

Government still battling ex-soldiers in court.

Minister Pledges 'Relatively Timely' Action On Homeless Veterans

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Politics

There's no telling yet how much it will cost.

Ottawa's Refusal To Help Veteran Is 'Bureaucratic BS': N.S. Premier

CP | Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Politics

"Denials, denials ... To say many of us are disgusted by this act is an understatement."

Vets Who Once Fought Tories Will Now Protest Liberals

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Politics

At issue: the treatment of 94-year-old veteran Petter Blindheim.

Feds Reject 94-Year-Old Vet's Call For Help

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Politics

Petter Blindheim was commended by the Royal Norwegian Navy.

Liberal MP's Flyer Touts Veterans' Benefit That Didn't Happen

CBC | CBC News | Posted 06.11.2016 | Canada Politics

The Liberal government is actually taking veterans back to court after a legal truce of sorts reached by the former Conservative government expired in May.

I Want To Hear From All Veterans, Even If They're Mad At Me

Kent Hehr | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada Alberta
Kent Hehr

I want to thank Bruce Moncur for his piece, "Trudeau's Liberals Anything But Sunny Ways For Veterans," and for attending Veterans Affairs Canada's (VAC) stakeholder summit on May 9 to 10. To date, it was the department's largest and best-attended, and he made some invaluable contributions both as a member of the greater assembly and individually when we had an opportunity to speak one-on-one during a lunch break. Bruce points out in his piece that Budget 2016 did not include all of the items in the mandate letter I received from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when I took office as minister of veterans affairs in November 2015. He's right.

Hauling Vets To Court A 'Disgrace': Opposition

CBC | John Paul Tasker, CBC News | Posted 05.19.2017 | Canada Politics

"It is shameful."

Feds Strike Special Cabinet Committee On Fort McMurray Aid

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.12.2017 | Canada Politics

Trudeau will visit the town Friday.

Legal Truce Over Veterans Benefits On Shaky Ground

CBC | John Paul Tasker, CBC News | Posted 05.12.2017 | Canada Politics

Justice department lawyers are threatening to return the case to court.

Veterans Affairs Must Rein In Medical Pot: Auditor General

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Politics

Veterans Affairs has covered medical marijuana costs since 2008.

Vets Want Liberal Pledges In Writing Before Dropping Lawsuit

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.03.2017 | Canada Politics

A settlement looms.

Veterans Emergency Fund Runs Out Of Money

CBC | Evan Dyer, CBC News | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada Politics

When a military veteran is in crisis and can't wait for the wheels of bureaucracy to turn, veterans caseworkers and volunteer organizations have been ...

Liberals Shower Veterans In Cash, But Big Questions Remain

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Politics

Critics aren't sure if the lives of ex-soldiers will be made better.

Veterans Affairs Minister Wants Answers About Pot

CBC | Catherine Cullen, CBC News | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada Politics

Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent Hehr says he wants answers following a spike in the number of veterans turning to the government to pay for their me...

Homeless Veterans A Top Priority For Liberals, Says Minister

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2017 | Canada Politics

He said his department has never been equipped — nor had a mandate — to deal with the issue.

Liberals Have 'Aggressive Mandate' To Solve Veterans Issues

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.15.2017 | Canada Politics

"We made political hay out of this file and it's up to me and our government to deliver."

Many New Liberal MPs Have Compelling Stories

CP Politics | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Politics

Celina Caesar-Chavannes, born in Grenada, is just one rookie to watch.