Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

December 21, 2010 10:21 ET

Media Advisory: Minister Blackburn to Announce Important Changes to Agent Orange Ex Gratia Payment

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), along with the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, will announce important changes to the Agent Orange ex gratia payment.

In September 2007, the Government of Canada announced a one-time, tax-free ex gratia payment of $20,000 related to the testing of unregistered U.S. military herbicides, including Agent Orange, at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in New Brunswick during the summers of 1966 and 1967.

Location: The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #4
  199 Queen St, Fredericton, New Brunswick
   
Date: Wednesday, December 22, 2010
   
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Minister Blackburn and Minister Ashfield will be available for interviews following the announcement.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    613-992-3465
    Cell.: 613-608-3252