Ombudsman’s Report—Support for Military FamiliesPublished on 6 November 2013 Hansard and Statements by Senator Roméo Dallaire (retired)
Hon. Roméo Antonius Dallaire:
Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Today the Ombudsman released his report entitled On the Homefront: Assessing the Well-being of Canada’s Military Families in the New Millennium.
There is no doubt that military families were absolutely exemplary throughout the nearly 11 years of war in Afghanistan. From this perspective, we owe them a great deal.
The Ombudsman acknowledges that there are still shortcomings in terms of providing support to families so they can in turn support operations. According to the report, and I quote:
Supporting families is codified in the Canadian Forces Family Covenant, unveiled in 2008 as the cornerstone of sustained CF support to families. The decree acknowledges the immutable relationship between the state of military families and the CF’s operational capability, although the tangible impact it has throughout the organization is subject to question.
This means that things have not gone all that well since 2008.
Could you tell us whether the numbers reflect the cuts made to the family assistance programs since 2008, when operations were still under way, in terms of the impact on quality of life and support to families, which has been identified as essential to the operational capability of the Canadian Armed Forces?