Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

April 26, 2010 09:47 ET

Minister Blackburn Gives Update on Future of Ste. Anne's Hospital

SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BELLEVUE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 26, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minster of State (Agriculture), today met with the media and residents of Ste. Anne's Hospital to give an update on the future of the institution.

"The Government of Canada has indicated its interest in discussing the transfer of Ste. Anne's Hospital to the Government of Quebec, and we will soon begin discussions, taking Veterans and hospital employees into consideration," said Minister Blackburn. "Ste. Anne's is the last federally owned hospital for Veterans. The previously transferred federal hospitals have continued to provide first class care to our Veterans, and we expect this will happen at Ste. Anne's as well."

In 2009, the Government of Canada had preparatory discussions with the Government of Quebec on a potential transfer of Ste. Anne's Hospital. Discussions are still at the preliminary stage and formal negotiations have not yet begun. Key considerations for the Government of Canada are priority access to quality care and services for Veterans, the interests of employees and official languages.

In December 2009, Mr. Richard J. Neville, FCA, was appointed as chief negotiator on behalf of the Government of Canada for a potential transfer of Ste. Anne's Hospital to the Government of Quebec.

"Over the years, the Hospital has seen a steady decline in demand for long-term care beds from traditional Veterans. The transfer of Ste. Anne's Hospital to the Government of Quebec would ensure that Veterans would continue to have priority access at the hospital and to receive the high standard of care they deserve and to which they are entitled."

The Government of Canada is firmly committed to keeping residents and key stakeholders informed throughout the process.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Acting Director of Communications
    Office: 613-992-3465
    Cell: 613-608-3252