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Canadian Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police Former Members Personal Information Act
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MP Hawn tables the Canadian Forces and Royal Canadian
Mounted Police Former Members Personal Information Act
OTTAWA, ON – April 9, 2014 – Today, the Honourable Laurie Hawn, PC, CD, MP for Edmonton Centre, tabled his Private Member’s Bill C-593 entitled the Canadian Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police Former Members Personal Information Act.
This bill addresses a problem frequently heard from veterans: that they cannot access their own medical files in a timely manner in order to access benefits to which they are entitled. This bill enshrines their right to that information in a timely manner into law and puts the power to request that information and share it with the Department of Veterans Affairs where it belongs: in the hands of the veteran.
Specifically, this bill takes action on two fronts:
1. This bill will guarantee that members of the Canadian Forces (CF) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will receive a certified copy of their medical records when they leave the CF or the RCMP, or at any time after that upon request.
2. The bill also allows the Minister of Veterans Affairs to release personal information relating to a veteran to the appropriate authorities if disclosing that information would be in the public interest or would clearly benefit the veteran to whom the information is related.
The bill was seconded by Brandon-Souris MP Larry Maguire, who is well-acquainted with the needs and current challenges faced by veterans. MP Hawn welcomes the seconding of this bill by MP Maguire.
“One of the main reasons I got into politics was to take action and make sure that Canada’s veterans would be well cared for and, in fact, better cared for. This bill is part of doing exactly that. It will put into law a veteran’s right to access their medical records,” said MP Hawn.
“I would also note that today, April 9th, is a unique day to table a bill to help veterans. Today is Vimy Ridge Day, the 97th anniversary of that historic and nation-building battle. I can think of no better day to table legislation to further help veterans get access to the benefits they deserve,” said MP Hawn. “We as a country owe them so much, and they deserve more than we can ever give. While this commitment will be written in legislation, my commitment to our veterans goes deeper than that: it’s written on my heart. Lest we forget.”
For media inquiries, please contact:
Hon. Laurie Hawn, PC, CD, MP