Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

March 09, 2011 19:30 ET

Minister Blackburn and MP Lemieux Meet With Veterans From Alexandria and Surrounding Areas

ALEXANDRIA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 9, 2011) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), visited Alexandria today to speak with local Veterans and representatives of the Canadian Forces. The Minister, accompanied by Pierre Lemieux, MP for Glengarry–Prescott–Russell, took advantage of his time in the area to discuss the current and upcoming changes and improvements within the Department.

"We are fortunate to live in a peaceful and democratic country, and for this we owe our Veterans," said Minister Blackburn. "Indeed, this country owes an undeniable debt of gratitude to our Veterans. That is why, last fall, I announced an additional $2 billion to help our Veterans. Veterans Affairs Canada is also working to simplify its processes to make their lives easier."

At the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #423 (Col. A.G.F. MacDonald Memorial) this evening, the Minister had the opportunity to respond directly to questions from Veterans and members from other local surrounding branches, including those in Hawkesbury, Cornwall, Lancaster, Long Sault and Finch. The event allowed the Minister to continue to hear from those who benefit from the programs and services available to both traditional and modern-day Veterans.

"Veterans from Alexandria and the surrounding areas have made great sacrifices so we may live in the Canada we know today. With his presence today, Minister Blackburn is giving them the recognition they deserve and is proving once again that our government is determined to listen and adapt its services and programs to their needs," added MP Lemieux.

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Contact Information

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