Military and Veterans

Veterans

The New Veterans Charter (NVC; 2006) significantly reduced the pension entitlement of Canadian veterans of modern conflicts; 21st century Conservative federal budgets cut services to Canadian veterans; the federal government violated the privacy rights of certain veterans. In response, critics, including the first Veterans Ombudsman, and groups such as the Canadian Legion strongly protested the threat to what they argued was a ‘social contract’ between Canada and its serving men and women.

Pierre Daigle

Pierre Daigle

In the summer of 2012, Pierre Daigle got involved in a tangle with Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay and the Canadian Forces chief of military personnel Rear Admiral Andrew Smith. Mr.

Yves Côté

Yves Côté

After criticizing the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence for failing to respond adequately to his investigations and to complaints from families of Forces members, Yves Côté left his position in December 2007, half-way through his five-year term.

Peter Tinsley

Peter Tinsley

In 2007, allegations surfaced of Canadian forces transferring Afghan detainees to local authorities despite the risk of torture, events that became known as the Afghan detainee

Dennis Manuge

Dennis Manuge

Between 2002 and 2010, civil servants accessed Dennis Manuge’s medical records on hundreds of occasions.

Pat Stogran

Pat Stogran

In early 2010, Colonel Pat Stogran repeatedly criticised the federal government’s treatment of veterans. He deplored the obstructive bureaucracy of the Department of Veterans Affairs and of key government agencies which had prevented him from serving the interests of former soldiers. In the summer of 2010, Stogran was informed that he would not be appointed for a second term.

Richard Colvin

Richard Colvin

Richard Colvin was personally attacked and his credibility questioned by the government for having raised concerns about the Canadian military transferring Afghan prisoners to Afghan security forces, despite the Canadian military knowing that those prisoners might be tortured.