Veterans Hiring Act

Mr. Speaker, the member said he is going to support the bill, but then spoke on a range of other issues.

He spoke again about the closure of the veterans service offices, which were administrative points of contact but provided no benefits or actual programs to veterans.

In my area of Ontario, the Durham region, there are about 500,000 people, and we have never had one of those veterans affairs offices. The majority of the work done for our veterans has been done by the Legion’s veterans service officers, who report in through their district officer right to Veterans Affairs Canada.

I would like to ask that member how veterans in the wider Guelph area have been served over the last several decades. Have they had a veterans affairs office in their community, or have they, for 50 years or so, used veterans service officers from the Legion?

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