Canada’s Veterans put their lives on the line so that we have a fair and free society. We are indebted to them and we owe them the benefits to which they are entitled.

The federal government has a responsibility to protect and fight for those who have served our country. The Conservative government under Stephen Harper made massive cuts to the Veterans Affairs department and the Liberals have not restored the cuts. As a result, there is a huge backlog of applications for benefits (including rehabilitation services) to which Veterans are entitled.

Canadians who have proudly served our country need to be properly supported, and the most important first step is a successful transition from military to civilian life. We must deliver good quality rehabilitation services for veterans.

The 2018 Parliament unanimously supported my motion to protect funding for Veterans that had been approved by Parliament but was lapsing because of staff shortages in the Department of Veterans Affairs. As an MP, I continue to raise this issue and to advocate to restore funding for Veterans Affairs so it can enhance services for Veterans and remind the government of the debt we owe our Veterans.

IN THE NEWS- MP Johns calls on Federal Government to provide support to Veterans

Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns has called on the federal Liberal government to provide support to local legions and other veterans services affected by COVID-19.

“We were encouraged when the Prime Minister promised that help was coming to veterans service organizations during one of his daily updates in June,” said Johns in a press release. “There has been nothing since then and veterans are increasingly isolated and in need of mental health and other services that have been interrupted because of the pandemic.”

IN THE NEWS- Motion for Veterans passes Unanimously in House of Commons

A motion to reallocate unspent funding for Canada's veterans passed unanimously in the House of Commons today. 

Courtenay-Alberni MP and NDP Veterans Affairs Critic Gord Johns tabled a motion on Monday to reallocate the federal government's lapsed funding to improve services and benefits for Canadian veterans. Johns stood before the House of Commons and asked the federal government to "make sure of this lapsed spending so that veterans get the services they need' 

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