Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 01, 2006 17:20 ET

Defence Minister Welcomes Ombudsman Report

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 1, 2006) - The Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of National Defence, welcomes the recommendations made in the report released earlier today by the Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman.

The report investigated the treatment of military veterans from 1 Combat Engineer Regiment following exposure to harmful substances during their deployment in Kuwait in 1991.

"As Minister of National Defence, it's important for me that the brave men and women risking their lives serving our country are treated with respect and dignity," said Minister O'Connor. "I'm pleased to mention that most of the recommendations made in the report are in the process of being implemented within the Department and Canadian Forces."

Since 1991, the Canadian Forces has made significant progress in the assessment, management and documentation of environmental exposure.

Military officials are reviewing the report and will provide the Minister with feedback on ways to further improve its practises.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of National Defence
    Etienne Allard
    Director of Communications
    613-996-3100
    allard.e@forces.gc.ca