Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

November 30, 2007 09:06 ET

The Government of Canada Stands Up for the Canadian Reserve Force

Minister Blackburn engages Quebec's reservists in a national dialogue on reinstatement policies

QUEBEC, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2007) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, is visiting Quebec and Bagotville today to continue the Government of Canada's dialogue to ensure that reservists are successfully reintegrated into the Canadian work force.

"The Government of Canada is looking after the men and women who volunteer to serve the national interest as members of the Canadian Reserve Force," said Minister Blackburn. "Let's do everything we can to ensure that no one who wears our military uniform should ever have to go directly from the front line to the unemployment line."

There are over 33,000 reservists living in hundreds of communities across Canada. Approximately 2,500 of these reservists are on active duty at any given time, and many are students. However, most are employed in full-time jobs elsewhere.

Minister Blackburn is addressing members of the 35 Canadian Brigade Group and members of the 3 Wing Bagotville, as part of his national dialogue tour with stakeholders.

Canadian Reserve Force personnel play a vital role in protecting Canada's interests at home and abroad. Reservists have been called upon frequently to contribute to international peace, stability and human security throughout the world. They have also come to the aid of Canadians in times of crisis, such as the ice storm of 1998 and the Winnipeg and Saguenay floods. In doing so, reservists take time away not only from their jobs and careers but also from their families and friends.

The Government of Canada is engaging in a dialogue to hear the perspectives of other jurisdictions and interested stakeholders before moving forward on a plan to modernize reservist reinstatement policies. To date, the Minister has visited Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

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