Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 27, 2006 16:29 ET

Veterans Affairs Canada Concludes International Meetings in Paris

PARIS, FRANCE--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 27, 2006) - At the conclusion of a working visit to France, the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today expressed satisfaction with the strong partnership demonstrated by participating countries, working towards ensuring the sacrifices and achievements of Veterans are never forgotten and ensuring that programs and benefits continue to meet the needs of Veterans, currently serving members and their families.

"Even though we come from many different countries, we all have a universal respect for the men and women who serve our countries," said Minister Thompson.

During his visit to Paris, Minister Thompson attended two international meetings - the Ministerial Summit and La Memoire Partagee conference. A wide range of issues were discussed during these meetings which dealt with innovative approaches to remembrance, mental health issues, the well-being of currently serving members, and transitional programming including Canada's New Veterans Charter.

"We are very proud of the new model that Canada's New Government has put in place," said Minister Thompson. "The New Veterans Charter is an innovative approach - a strong approach - to younger Veterans' benefits and services, and we are proud to share this with the rest of the world."

This type of international forum builds a greater understanding of Veterans' issues and participants benefit from the mutual exchange of Veteran policy initiatives. These types of conferences cement international relationships in dealing with Veterans' and serving members programs.

Minister Thompson reaffirmed his support for international discussions to be continued in the future. He pledged that Canada will retain its presence at these discussions to ensure our Veterans are receiving the support they deserve.

"Each country faces different challenges, but it is our commitment to meet the needs of our Veterans that remains constant," Minister Thompson concluded. "This is an excellent opportunity to learn from one another, and share best practices in moving forward with programs in support of Veterans."

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  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Special Assistant - Communications