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National Council of Veteran Associations in Canada (NCVA) Press release

Please see the message below and the attached press release from Brian Forbes, Chairman of the National Council of Veteran Associations in Canada (NCVA).  CIA is a member of NCVA and supports the efforts to improve assistance to veterans.

CIA’s NCVA representative LCol Praysner has forwarded the attached press release for distribution to CIA Council and posting on our website.  He advises Brian Forbes, NCVA Chairman, did an excellent analysis clearly outlining the glaring disparity between the the ‘Pension Act’ compensation for wounded veterans prior to 2006 and the current ‘New Veterans Charter’ — even with the most recent ‘improvements’ announced Dec 20, 2017.

Ducimus

LCol J.A.Kenneth McCuaig, CD (Ret’d)

Secretary-Treasurer


Message from Brian Forbes follows

 ”I have prepared the attached Press Release/Op-ed in response to recent statements by the Minister of Veterans Affairs Seamus O’Regan whose comments I feel are misleading and uninformed.

 In my judgement, this rather combative Press Release/Op-ed will hopefully help clarify the fundamental questions surrounding the disparity between the New Veterans Charter and the Pension Act (the “elephant in the room”) and, at the same time, advance our overall agenda to encourage the Government to improve its proposed financial package prior to its implementation in 2019 and prior to the Federal election.

There is no doubt that there remains considerable confusion in the veterans’ community as to the impact on individual veterans of the Minister’s announcement on December 20, 2017. It is, however, readily apparent that the Minister’s proposals fall well short of veterans’ expectations.

In this regard, we will aggressively continue our crusade for reform of the New Veterans Charter in accordance with our NCVA Legislative Agenda adopted at our Annual General Meeting in November 2017.

In my mind, the Liberal Government’s/Prime Minister’s failure to fulfill the election commitment in the Fall of 2015 will be of great significance to the vote in the veterans’ community this time – should the Government not take heed, they may indeed pay a substantial price for failing to satisfy this expectation.

Without question, the Prime Minister’s recent exchange in a public forum in Edmonton with Brock Blaszczyk, a young war amputee, has also thrown more fuel on this fire.

 I would request that, in the event you have the opportunity, you forward our two Press Releases to your local Member of Parliament – although our Press Release/Op-ed is given wide distribution in the Canadian media and in the Hill Times (the Parliamentary-read publication), our member organizations approaching local Members of Parliament may be helpful in promoting our cause and the objectives that we are seeking.

 I will keep you apprised of developments.

Kind regards,

 Brian Forbes

Chairman”

 

 

PRESS RELEASE/OP-ED

Veterans Affairs Minister is entitled to his own opinion but not to his own facts/Government plan for lifelong pensions under New Veterans Charter fails to live up to Prime Minister’s commitment to Canada’s veterans.

Minister Seamus O’Regan is entitled to his own opinion but he is not entitled to his own facts. The Minister has suggested in his recent letter to the Hill Times and in public statements that no real financial disparity will exist between compensation paid to seriously disabled veterans under the Pension Act and the New Veterans Charter once his proposals, announced on December 20, 2017, take effect in April 2019. He has concluded in his analysis that only a $50.00 a month discrepancy will arise when comparing benefits under each statutory program.

With all due respect, the Minister is badly misinformed in this regard. A realistic comparison on an “apples to apples” basis reveals that a “significant disparity” will indeed continue to exist. It is essential in this context to recognize that the actual maximum amounts of compensation under each statutory regime will be as follows:

NEW VETERANS CHARTER (2019)

Pain and Suffering Compensation (per month or lump sum) $1,150.00

Additional Pain and Suffering Compensation $1,500.00 (limited to veterans suffering permanent and severe impairment)

Caregiver Allowance (per month) $1,000.00

Total (maximum per month) $3,650.00

PENSION ACT

• Veteran plus two children

Disability Pension (maximum per month) $4,118.00

Note: Pension Compensation for family/dependants is not available under the New Veterans Charter

Exceptional Incapacity Allowance (maximum per month) $1,478.00

Attendance Allowance (maximum per month) $1,848.00

Total (maximum per month) $7,444.00

• Veteran plus spouse

Disability Pension (maximum per month) $3,491.00

Note: Pension Compensation for family/dependants is not available under the New Veterans Charter

Exceptional Incapacity Allowance (maximum per month) $1,478.00

Attendance Allowance (maximum per month) $1,848.00

Total (maximum per month) $6,817.00

• Single veteran

Disability Pension (maximum per month) $2,792.00

Exceptional Incapacity Allowance (maximum per month) $1,478.00

Attendance Allowance (maximum per month) $1,848.00

Total (maximum per month) $6,118.00

Further in the Minister’s letter to the editor, he emphasizes that additional benefits and services are uniquely available under the New Veterans Charter with respect to income replacement, rehabilitation, and wellness programs.

We commend Veterans Affairs Canada for its efforts to improve the Department’s wellness and educational policies. However, it should be noted, that a number of programs dealing with essentially parallel income replacement and rehabilitation policies already exist under the Pension Act regime by means of services and benefits administered by the Department of National Defence through their SISIP Long Term Disability insurance policy and Vocational Rehabilitation (VOC-REHAB) Program.

Although, at the time of the enactment of the New Veterans Charter in 2006, Veterans Affairs Canada committed to eliminating SISIP LTD and VOC-REHAB programs and creating a new gold standard in regard to these wellness programs, the reality is that the SISIP LTD and VOC-REHAB insurance policy has been and continues today to be “the first responder” for the greater majority of disabled veterans who have been medically released from the Canadian Armed Forces in relation to both the Pension Act and the New Veterans Charter.

As a fundamental tenet of our position we would like to think that the Minister could be convinced that, rather than choosing one statutory regime over the other, the best parts of the Pension Act and the best parts of the New Veterans Charter would provide a better compensation/wellness model for all disabled veterans in Canada.

It is totally unacceptable that we continue to have veterans’ legislation in Canada which provides a significantly higher level of compensation to a veteran who was injured prior to 2006 (date of enactment of the New Veterans Charter) when compared to a veteran who was injured post-2006. If applied to the Afghan conflict, we have veterans in the same war with totally different pension benefit results.

In this context, it is also interesting that the Prime Minister himself stated recently, at a public forum in Edmonton, in a highly heated exchange with a Canadian war amputee, that the Government did not have sufficient funds at this time to meet the demands of Canadian veterans. In addition, he indicated that, in order to create new wellness and rehabilitation policies, the Government had to reduce the funds that had been previously available for compensation benefits for disabled veterans.

Why has the Government created this unnecessary and unfortunate choice of priorities? Would it not be a better solution for seriously disabled veterans who have sacrificed so much for their country to have

the best of both worlds – appropriate compensation and effective wellness and rehabilitation programs?

We would urge the Minister to take advantage of the time between now and April 2019 to improve the compensation benefits surrounding the re-establishment of a lifelong pension so as to bolster the proposals emanating from his December 20th announcement including the following:

• Liberalize the eligibility criteria for the new Additional Pain and Suffering compensation benefit so that more disabled veterans actually qualify for this benefit – currently, only veterans suffering from a severe and permanent impairment will be eligible. It is not without significance that the greater majority of disabled veterans simply will not qualify for this new component of the proposed lifelong pension.

• Create a new family benefit to parallel the Pension Act provision to recognize the impact of the veteran’s disability on his or her family.

• Incorporate the special allowances under the Pension Act, i.e. Exceptional Incapacity Allowance and Attendance Allowance, into the New Veterans Charter to help address the financial disparity between the two statutory regimes.

• Establish a newly-structured Career Impact Allowance which would reflect the following standard of compensation: “What would the veteran have earned in his or her military career had the veteran not been injured?” This form of progressive income model, which has been recommended by the Ministerial Policy Advisory Group and the Veterans Ombudsman’s Office, would be unique to the New Veterans Charter, and would bolster the potential lifetime compensation of a disabled veteran as to his or her projected lost career earnings as opposed to the nominal one percent increase proposed by the Minister.

This overall set of proposals would effectively bridge the best parts of the Pension Act and the New Veterans Charter and represent a good first step to addressing the self-evident disparity between the New Veterans Charter and the Pension Act insofar as compensation is concerned and provide a form of “lifelong pension” for those veterans who qualify for the benefit proposed in the model.

In the bigger picture, it must be remembered that, during the election campaign of 2015, the Prime Minister promised in the context of the Equitas lawsuit that veterans would not have to pursue their legal claims through the Courts against the Canadian Government. He further committed that his Liberal Government would re-establish lifelong pensions to address the clear disparity and discrimination that exists between the Pension Act and the New Veterans Charter compensation, which remains at the core of this class action lawsuit. The Government has clearly failed to deliver on this commitment and the Minister’s announcement of December 20th falls well short of the justifiable expectations of the veterans’ community.

If the “one veteran – one standard” philosophy advocated by Veterans Affairs Canada has any meaning, this glaring disparity between the Pension Act and Charter benefits for the greater majority of disabled veterans requires that the Minister seize the moment and satisfy the financial needs of Canadian veterans and their dependents. The Minister should not miss this opportunity to recognize that the longstanding social covenant between the Canadian people and the veterans’ community demands nothing less.

 

Christie Blatchford: Canada couldn’t have taken Vimy without citizen soldiers

Christie Blatchford: Canada couldn’t have taken Vimy without citizen soldiers
Christie Blatchford | April 9, 2017 | Last Updated: Apr 10 8:03 AM ET

The Vimy 100th anniversary ceremony, televised live Sunday morning, was so Canadian in the
tepid modern manner that it could have been designed by the CBC, not merely broadcast by it.
Held at the gorgeous Walter Allward-designed limestone memorial in France on the piece of
land that is by dint of blood a part of Canada, the government-planned show featured trilingual
singers, children’s choirs, dancers, Canadian performers all acting out the story. Suitably sombre
politicians and dignitaries gave predictable speeches and said predictable things.
Aside from the setting, a few nods to the fact that Vimy was the first time the four divisions of
the Canadian Corps had fought together, a bagpiper, a little military music — and of course the
names of the dead on the walls – it could have passed for any Ottawa-centric bit of business.

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Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Prince William, Duke of
Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial on April 9, 2017

There was no mention that I heard or saw of the 40 infantry and armoured regiments, which
came from every corner of the country, who now carry Vimy 1917 as either a battle honour or a
guidon (which the armoured regiments carry in lieu of a colour).
They are:
— The 48th Highlanders of Canada (Toronto, Ont.)
— The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s) (Hamilton, Ont.)
— The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada (Montreal, Que.)
— The Calgary Highlanders (Calgary, Alta.)
— The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ont.)
— The Canadian Grenadier Guards (Montreal, Que.)
— The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) (Victoria, B.C.)
— The Cape Breton Highlanders (Sydney, N.S.)
— The Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment (Windsor, Ont.)
— Governor General’s Foot Guards (Ottawa, Ont.)
— The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment (Thunder Bay, Ont.)
— The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (Edmonton, Alta.)
— The North Saskatchewan Regiment (Saskatoon, Sask.)
— The Nova Scotia Highlanders (Truro, N.S.)
— The Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment (Kingston, Ont.)
— Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alta., and Shilo, Man.)
— The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada (Winnipeg, Man.)
— The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada (Toronto, Ont.)
— Royal 22nd Regiment (Valcartier, Quebec City, Laval, Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.)
— The Royal Canadian Regiment (Petawawa and London, Ont. and Gagetown, N.B.)
— The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Hamilton, Ont.)
— The Royal Montreal Regiment (Montreal, Que.)
— The Royal New Brunswick Regiment (Fredericton, N.B.)
— The Royal Regiment of Canada (Toronto, Ont.)
— The Royal Regina Rifles (Regina, Sask.)
— The Royal Westminster Regiment (New Westminster, B.C.)
— Royal Winnipeg Rifles (Winnipeg, Man.)
— The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada (Vancouver, B.C.)
— The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Own) (Mississauga,
Ont.)
— 1st Hussars (London, Ont.)
— The British Columbia Dragoons (Kelowna, B.C.)
— The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own) (Vancouver, B.C.)
— The Governor General’s Horse Guards (Toronto, Ont.)
— The King’s Own Calgary Regiment (Calgary, Alta.)
— The Ontario Regiment (Oshawa, Ont.)
— The Queen’s York Rangers (1st American Regiment) (Toronto, Ont.)
— The Royal Canadian Hussars (Montreal, Que.)
— The Saskatchewan Dragoons (Moose Jaw, Sask.)
— The Sherbrooke Hussars (Sherbrooke, Que.)
— The South Alberta Light Horse (Medicine Hat, Alta.)
The regiments are the everyday keepers of memory and tradition, as a wise friend reminds me,
those who “through their own voluntary service have taken on that sacred task of keeping the
memory and honour alive in perpetuity.”
From Kelowna to Sydney, they were urban and rural, French and English, immigrant and
indigenous Canadian, but at Vimy Ridge, on that battlefield of corpses, boot deep in mud,
deafened by artillery, they didn’t fight as hyphenated Canadians.
It was enough that they all were Canadian, period.
It still is.
Of the 40 regiments with Vimy colours or guidons, 37 are reserve units, what used to be called
the militia.
The troops are part-time soldiers, citizen soldiers. Many are still in school, or work regular jobs
and parade a night a week and the weekend at the armoury. These young men and women are
among the best, smartest and proudest in the country.
Canada couldn’t have taken Vimy Ridge without citizen soldiers. Canada couldn’t have been in
Afghanistan for nearly a decade without citizen soldiers.

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Library and Archives Canada Bringing in the wounded at Vimy Ridge in April 1917.

And yet, unacknowledged publicly, the reserve regiments are starving. Funding for the military
generally has been shrinking since the end of the Afghanistan mission in 2010, but the reserve, as
ever, bears more than its share of the burden — thanks not to government, but to the bureaucrats
in the regular army who have been waging a quiet war against the reserves for years.
A Department of National Defence report earlier this year showed the reserves have 5,293 vacant
positions, most in the army reserve. That’s 25 per cent under strength.
This is how it worked.
Say, a reserve unit might lose 20 men and women a year to attrition and the like; it was allowed
to recruit only five new people: thus, every year, the unit was down by 15 people. That’s gone on
for five years.
The abysmal recruiting policy — it was centralized, with the result that applicants could wait
years — has been handed back to the regiments. But the reserves have been told their budgets
this year will be 10 per cent less than they received last year when the whole institution was short
25 per cent of its authorized number of soldiers.
It’s funny, but as Prince Charles said Sunday of Vimy, “This was Canada at its best,” and it was:
politicians, leaders, the army, and most of all the troops. As my wise friend reminds me, “It was
service before self. We could do anything.”
The scale of accomplishment and sacrifice at Vimy Ridge merits more than saccharine
remembrance, particularly that even as it unfolds, the very regiments that gave so much are once
again in jeopardy.
cblatchford@postmedia.com


RICHARD MADAN, 2016 ROSS MUNRO MEDIA AWARD (RMMA) RECIPIENT

RICHARD MADAN

2016 ROSS MUNRO MEDIA AWARD (RMMA) RECIPIENT

OTTAWA, ON, JANUARY 27th, 2017 – The Conference of Defence Associations and the CDA Institute are pleased to announce that, in a unanimous decision by a selection committee of 7 members, CTV Richard Madan has been selected as the recipient of the CDA Institute Ross Munro Media Award for 2016.

“Canadian journalists continue to play a crucial role in our open society, and we are delighted that this year’s recipient, Richard Madan, has gained the respect and recognition of the community as he covered important security and defence issues, and continues in the best example set by Ross Munro,” says Denis Rouleau, Chair of the Conference of Defence Associations and Chair of this year’s RMMA Selection Committee.

“I’m honored to receive this prestigious award.  It’s a recognition how the power of journalism changed government policies to help the lives of injured veterans,” says the 2016 RMMA Recipient, Richard Madan.

Background

Madan worked as a policy aide to various MPs on Parliament Hill while studying Political Science at Carleton University.  But soon thereafter, he realized his calling lay elsewhere and began freelance reporting for various print newspapers in the national capital region.  In 2000, Madan moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to be the Legislature Reporter for the Global News team, then the CBC.

In 2005, Madan returned to Ontario joining CityNews as the station’s Political Specialist based in Toronto.  In 2010, he joined CTV National News as a Parliamentary Correspondent, covering federal politics, policy, and national elections.

In 2016, Madan accepted the position of Washington, DC, Correspondent for CTV News, a position he currently holds.

An accomplished journalist, Madan has covered dozens of events at home and abroad.  Of note, is his in-depth coverage of ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces personnel returning from Afghanistan and the challenges they face when suffering from a Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI).

Through these reports on veteran issues, Madan contributed to changes in regulations, policies, awareness and better treatment of veterans and their families and all those affected by PTSI.

The Ross Munro Media Award commemorates Ross Munro, the celebrated Canadian war correspondent who reported on the Second World War in Europe. The Award was initiated by the Conference of Defence Associations in 2002 (and since 2015 jointly presented by the CDA and the CDA Institute) to recognize Canadian journalists who have made a significant and extraordinary contribution to increasing public understanding of Canadian security and defence matters. Recipients of the award have produced outstanding work regarding the efforts of the Canadian Armed Forces in preserving Canadian democratic values. The award consists of a replica of the Ross Munro statue and a cheque for $2,000.

Previous recipients of the Award are Stephen Thorne (2002), Garth Pritchard (2003), Sharon Hobson (2004), Bruce Campion-Smith (2005), Christie Blatchford (2006), Matthew Fisher (2007), Alec Castonguay (2008), Brian Stewart (2009), Murray Brewster (2010), Rosie DiManno (2011), Adam Day (2012), (there was no recipient for 2013), Louie Palu (2014), and Christina MacLean (2015).

The Selection Committee was chaired by Vice-Admiral Denis Rouleau (Ret’d), Chair of the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA). Members of the Selection Committee were Jamie Carroll, CDA Institute Board Member; Francoise Gagnon, ADGA; Daniel Gosselin, CDA Institute Chair of the BOD; Grant McDonald, KPMG; Christina MacLean, Front-Line Defence magazine; and Stuart Robertson, O’Donnell, Robertson & Sanfilippo.

The award will be presented on Thursday, 16 February 2017, during the first day of the jointly-organized CDA and CDA Institute’s Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence to be held at the Shaw Centre.

Conference Registration is available here.

Please direct any enquiries regarding the Ross Munro Media Award (RMMA) to Tony Battista, Chief Executive Officer of the CDA and the CDA Institute, at ceo@cda-cdainstitute.ca.

RICHARD MADAN

LAUREAT DU PRIX DE JOURNALISME ROSS MUNRO DE 2016

OTTAWA, ONT., LE VENDREDI 27 JANVIER 2017 - La Conférence des Associations de la défense et l’Institut de la CAD sont heureux d’annoncer que, à l’unanimité par un jury de 7 membres, M. Richard Madan de CTV a été sélectionné comme lauréat du prix médias Ross Munro de l’Institut de la CAD pour 2016.

« Nos Journalistes canadiens et canadiennes continuent de jouer un rôle crucial dans notre société, et nous sommes très heureux que le lauréat, M. Richard Madan, s’est mérité le respect et la reconnaissance de la communauté grâce à sa couverture médiatique touchant les enjeux de la sécurité et de défense, et poursuit l’exemple établi par M. Ross Munro, » dit Denis Rouleau, Président de la CAD, et président du comité de sélection pour le prix médias Ross Munro.

« Je suis honoré de recevoir ce prix prestigieux.  C’est une reconnaissance que le pouvoir  journalistique change des politiques gouvernementales pour aider au bien-être des anciens combattants blessés, » dit le lauréat du prix 2016 RMMA, M. Richard Madan.

Historique

Madan a travaillé comme adjoint politique pour différents députés fédéraux sur la colline parlementaire alors qu’il étudiait les sciences politiques à l’université Carleton.  Mais peu après, il réalisa sa vocation et a commencé sa carrière de journaliste comme pigiste pour différents journaux dans la région de la capitale nationale.  En 2000, Madan déménage à Winnipeg (Manitoba), où il occupe le poste de journaliste affecté aux reportages de la législature pour l’équipe de Global News, puis de la SRC.

En 2005, Madan retourne en Ontario pour rejoindre CityNewsTV comme spécialiste de la politique de la station basée à Toronto.  En 2010, il se joint à CTV National News comme correspondant parlementaire, portant sur la politique fédérale, les politiques et les élections nationales.

En 2016, Madan accepte un poste à Washington, DC, où il travaille comme correspondant pour CTV, un poste qu’il occupe à ce jour.

Un journaliste accompli, Madan a couvert des dizaines d’événements au pays ainsi qu’à l’étranger, particulièrement, sa couverture approfondie des enjeux concernant le personnel des Forces armées canadiennes malades ou blessés revenant d’Afghanistan et les défis qu’ils relèvent en souffrant d’une blessure de Stress post-traumatique (BSPT).

Par le biais de ces rapports sur les questions de vétéran, Madan a contribué aux changements de règlements, de politiques, de sensibilisation et au meilleur traitement pour nos anciens combattants et leurs familles et toutes les personnes touchées par la BSPT.

Le Prix Média Ross Munro commémore Ross Munro, le célèbre correspondant de guerre canadien qui fut l’auteur de reportages tout au long de la Seconde Guerre mondiale en Europe. Le prix a été institué en 2002 par la Conférence des associations de la défense (et dépuis 2015 présenté conjointement par la CAD et l’Institut de la CAD) afin de reconnaître des journalistes canadiens qui ont fait une contribution significative et extraordinaire à l’amélioration de la compréhension par les Canadiens des questions de sécurité et de défense. Les récipiendaires du prix ont produit des travaux exceptionnels concernant les efforts des Forces armées canadiennes dans la préservation des valeurs démocratiques canadiennes. Le prix consiste en une réplique de la statue de Ross Munro et un chèque de 2 000 $.

Les récipiendaires précédents du prix sont Stephen Thorne (2002), Garth Pritchard (2003), Sharon Hobson (2004), Bruce Campion-Smith (2005), Christie Blatchford (2006), Matthew Fisher (2007), Alec Castonguay (2008), Brian Stewart (2009), Murray Brewster (2010), Rosie DiManno (2011), Adam Day (2012), (il n’y a pas eu de récipiendaire en 2013) ; Louie Palu (2014) ; et Christina MacLean (2015).

Le comité de sélection était présidé par le Vice-amiral Denis Rouleau (retraité), président de la Conférence des associations de la défense (CAD). Les autres membres du comité étaient : Jamie Carroll, Institut de la CAD ; Françoise Gagnon, ADGA; Président Daniel Gosselin, Président du CA de l’Institut de la CAD; Grant McDonald, KPMG; Christina MacLean, la Revue Front-Line News; et Stuart Robertson, de O’Donnell, Robertson & Sanfilippo.

Le prix sera remis le jeudi, 16 février 2017 au centre Shaw, dans le cadre de la Conférence d’Ottawa sur la sécurité et la défense organisée conjointement par la CAD et l’Institut de la CAD.

Inscription est disponible ici.

Prière d’adresser vos demandes de renseignement par courriel à Tony Battista, président directeur-général de la CAD et de l’Institut de la CAD, à ceo@cda-cdainstitute.ca.

 

 

Tony Battista

Chief Executive Officer/Président Directeur-Général

Conference of Defence Associations/Conférence des Associations de la Défense

CDA Institute/Institut de la CAD

151 rue Slater Street, suite 412A

Ottawa (ON) K1P 5H3

Canada

T: +1 613-236-9903

Email: ceo@cda-cdainstitute.ca

 

The passing of Lieutenant-General Charles H. Belzile, CMM, CD

THE LATE LIEUTENANT-GENERAL CHARLES H. BELZILE, CMM, CD

Lieutenant-General Charles H. Belzile, CMM, CD was born at Trois-Pistoles, Québec on 12 March 1933.  He enrolled in the Canadian Army in 1951 and was commissioned in the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada (QOR of C) on graduation from the University of Montreal in 1953.

He then served as a platoon commander in Korea and on his return as a staff officer at Western Command Headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta from 1955 to 1957.

Returning to regimental duty in 1957, Lieutenant-General Belzile proceeded to Hemer, Germany with 2 QOR of C, where he completed a number of assignments including Captain adjutant.  In January 1961 he began two years as a staff officer at Quebec Command Headquarters in Montreal.  He rejoined 2 QOR of C in Calgary in 1963 and 1 QOR of C in Victoria, B.C., on promotion to Major the following year.

In 1965, after serving with his battalion in Cyprus, he was selected to attend the Canadian Army Staff College in Kingston, Ontario.  He was subsequently assigned as Brigade Major of the 4th Canadian Brigade Group, in Soest, West Germany.

In 1968 on promotion to Lieutenant-Colonel, General Belzile was appointed Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment at the Citadelle de Québec, QC. During this assignment he commanded his unit in Cyprus and in Canada, as well as on manoeuvres in Jamaica.

Following his tour as Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-General Belzile spent two years at Canadian Forces Headquarters in Ottawa as a member of the personnel career planning staff.  On promotion to the rank of Colonel in 1972, Lieutenant-General Belzile was appointed Commandant of the Combat Arms School at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, New Brunswick.  Promoted to Brigadier-General in 1974, he was appointed Commander 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group stationed in Lahr, Germany.  Following this command appointment, he became Assistant Chief of Staff Operations at Central Army Group Headquarters, Seckenheim in 1976.

In 1977, on promotion to Major-General, Lieutenant-General Belzile took command of Canadian Forces Europe, with Headquarters in Lahr, Germany.

Following two years as Chief Land Doctrine and Operations at National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa, Lieutenant-General Belzile was promoted to his present rank on April 1981 and appointed Commander Mobile Command on 16 April 1981 with Headquarters located in St-Hubert, Québec.  He held this appointment until August 1986.  He retired from the Canadian Forces in October l986.

General Belzile was appointed Commander of the Order of Military Merit in 1979.  In 1986, the Government of France recognized his active participation to the betterment of military cooperation between France and Canada, by appointing him Commander of the Légion d’Honneur.

General Belzile was appointed Colonel Commandant, the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps, in 1988, a position he held until September 1992.  He assumed the appointment of Colonel Commandant, The Royal Canadian Army Cadets in October 1992 until May 5th, 1996.

General Belzile was married to the former Janet Scott of Braeside, Ontario.  He had two children, Denise and Suzanne.

 

                                                               

LA FIN DES LIEUTENANT-GÉNÉRAL CHARLES-HENRI BELZILE, CMM, CD

Le Lgén Belzile est né à Trois-Pistoles, Québec le 12 mars 1933.  Il détient un Baccalauréat ès arts de l’Université de Montréal.

En 1951, alors qu’il fréquente l’université, il se joint au Corps-école d’officiers canadien.  Il reçoit son brevet d’officier dans les Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada (QOR of C) en octobre de l’année suivante et, après avoir obtenu son diplôme universitaire en 1953, il est affecté au 2e Bataillon du même régiment, à Esquimalt, Colombie-Britannique.

En 1954-1955, il sert un an en Corée avec son bataillon, puis il est muté au Quartier général du Commandement de l’Ouest, à Edmonton, comme officier de recrutement.  Il retourne au 2e Bataillon des QOR of C, à Esquimalt en 1957, pour ensuite être affecté, d’abord en République fédérale d’Allemagne (R.F.A.), puis à Calgary, toujours avec le 2e Bataillon.

Par la suite, le Lgén Belzile est nommé Officier d’état-major au Commandement de la région du Québec, à Montréal, de décembre 1960 à mai 1963.  Il rejoint ensuite le 2e Bataillon des QOR of C, à Calgary et, en janvier de l’année suivante, il est promu major et affecté au ler Bataillon des QOR of C, à Esquimalt, en tant que commandant de compagnie.  En 1965, il sert avec son unité à Chypre.

En 1965-1966, il étudie au Collège d’état-major de l’Armée canadienne, à Kingston, Ontario et, en novembre 1966, il devient major de brigade au 4e Groupe-brigade d’infanterie canadienne, à Soest (R.F.A.).  Promu lieutenant-colonel en août 1968, il prend alors le commandement du 2e Bataillon du Royal 22e Régiment, à la Citadelle de Québec.  L’année suivante, d’avril à septembre, son bataillon est affecté à la Force de maintien de la paix des Nations unies, à Chypre.

Il est ensuite muté au Quartier général des Forces canadiennes, à Ottawa où il sert comme directeur des carrières (officiers), de 1970-1972.  Puis, en juillet 1972, il est promu colonel et nommé Commandant de l’École des armes de combat, à Gagetown, Nouveau-Brunswick.  En juin 1974, il est promu brigadier-général et muté à Lahr (R.F.A.) en tant que Commandant du 4e Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada.

Deux ans plus tard, il devient Chef d’état-major adjoint (Opérations), au Quartier-général du Groupe d’armée du Centre, à Seckenheim (R.F.A.) et, en mai 1977, après avoir été promu major-général, il est muté au Quartier-général des Forces canadiennes Europe, à Lahr, à titre de Commandant.

A son retour au Canada en août 1979, il devient Chef des doctrines et des opérations terrestres au Quartier-général de la Défense nationale, à Ottawa, poste qu’il occupe jusqu’en avril 1981.  Le Lgén Belzile est alors promu à son grade actuel et nommé Commandant de la Force mobile à Saint-Hubert, Québec.

Le Lgén Belzile s’est retiré des FC en 1986 après une carrière distinguée de 35 ans.  En reconnaissance de son service méritoire et de son dévouement au travail, il se voit décerner l’Ordre du Mérite Militaire, grade commandeur, il est reçu de l’Ordre de Saint-Jean, au grade de frère officier et il est fait commandeur de la Légion d’honneur, de premier ordre de la République française.

Le Lgén Belzile a été appointé comme Colonel commandant du Corps de l’Infanterie le 2 octobre 1988.  Appointement qu’il a occupé jusqu’au mois de septembre 1992.  Au mois d’octobre 1992, il est appointé Colonel Commandant des Cadets Royaux de l’Armée canadienne jusqu’au 5 mai 1996.

Le Lgén Belzile a été marié à Janet Scott de Braeside, Ontario. Il avait deux enfants, Denise et Suzanne.

Top Candidate of Rifle Section Commander Course 1605

Top Candidate of Rifle Section Commander Course 1605, MCpl J. Schmidt 3 RCR, being presented the Top Candidate award and receiving the CIA coin by CWO M.C. (Mike) Hamilton RSM Infantry School – 5 CDSB Gagetown, CWO Royal Canadian Infantry Corps Canadian Armed Forces

 

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Infantry Corps Newsletter – Volume 2, Issue 2 final

Top candidates from three Infantry Officer Development Period 1.1 courses are presented with the CIA Sword.

 

LCol A.D. (Alex) Haynes Commandant, Infantry School presents swords to each top candidate yesterday in the field at Enniskillen Range immediately prior to the platoon live fire attack range. Joining him in presenting swords was the Inf Sch DSM, MWO Rick Yuskiw.

 

TC 1601 Robinson

IODP 1.1 Course 1601 – 2Lt J.P. Robinson (Jesse), Infantry School

TC 1602 Takach

IODP 1.1 Course 1602 – 2Lt T.N. Takach (Trevor), 4 CDSB (he’s commissioned from the Ranks – formerly RCR)

TC 1603 Roy

IODP 1.1 Course 1603 – 2Lt C.S.A. Roy (Caroline), Fusiliers du St Laurent

 


Rifle Section Commander Course, Top Candidate (Serial 1603 and Serial 1604)

Rifle Section Commander Course, Top Candidate (serial 1603) MCpl Germain, from 4 Div and Top Candidate(Serial 1604)  MCpl Burton, 2 PPCLI from 3 Div  was awarded medallion and coin provided by the CIA, and plaque provided by the Infantry School.

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Top Candidate (Serial 1603) MCpl Germain, from 4 Div

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Top Candidate(Serial 1604) MCpl Burton, 2 PPCLI from 3 Div

 

CANADIAN ARMY CORPS, REGIMENTS, BRANCH DIRECTORS AND CWO

CANFORGEN 096/16 COMD CA 016/16 031330Z JUN 16

CANADIAN ARMY CORPS, REGIMENTS, BRANCH DIRECTORS AND CWO

UNCLASSIFIED

REF: CAO 11-93

1.    I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING CANADIAN ARMY CORPS, REGIMENTS, BRANCH DIRECTORS AND CWO (READ IN THREE COLUMNS: POSN, NAME, EFFECTIVE DATE):

A.    CANADIAN ARMY CORPS, REGT, AND BR DIR:

(1) DIRECTOR ROYAL CANADIAN ARMOURED CORPS (DIR RCAC), COL CROSS, 21 JULY 2016

(2) DIRECTOR THE ROYAL REGIMENT OF CANADIAN ARTILLERY (DIR RCA), COL BISHOP, REMAINS

(3) DIRECTOR THE CORPS OF ROYAL CANADIAN ENGINEERS (DIR RCE), COL BASINGER, REMAINS

(4) DIRECTOR THE ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS (DIR RCCS), COL SULLIVAN, REMAINS

(5) DIRECTOR ROYAL CANADIAN INFANTRY CORPS (DIR RCIC), COL ERRINGTON, 18 FEBRUARY 2016

(A) DIRECTOR THE ROYAL CANADIAN REGIMENT (DIR RCR), COL SCOTT, REMAINS

(B) DIRECTOR PRINCESS PATRICIA S CANADIAN LIGHT INFANTRY (DIR PPCLI), COL RITCHIE, 15 JULY 2016

(C) DIRECTOR ROYAL 22E REGIMENT OFF (DIR R22ER OFF), COL ST- LOUIS, REMAINS

(D) DIRECTOR ROYAL 22E REGIMENT NCM (DIR R22ER NCM), COL DEMERS, REMAINS

(6) DIRECTOR THE CORPS OF ROYAL CANADIAN ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS (DIR RCEME), COL HAMILTON, REMAINS

(7) DIRECTOR CANADIAN ARMY LOGISTICS BRANCH (DIR CA LOG BR), COL OSMOND, REMAINS

(8) DIRECTOR CANADIAN ARMY INTELLIGENCE BRANCH (DIR CA INT BR), COL DESJARDINS, 1 DECEMBER 2015

B.    CANADIAN ARMY CORPS, REGT AND BR CWO:

(1) CWO ROYAL CANADIAN ARMOURED CORPS (CWO RCAC), CWO LAUGHLIN, REMAINS

(2) CWO THE ROYAL REGIMENT OF CANADIAN ARTILLERY (RSM RCA), CWO BEAUDRY, REMAINS

(3) CWO THE CORPS OF ROYAL CANADIAN ENGINEERS (CWO RCE), CWO CROUCHER, REMAINS

(4) CWO THE ROYAL CANADIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS (CWO RCCS), CWO RICHER, REMAINS

(5) CWO ROYAL CANADIAN INFANTRY CORPS (CWO RCIC), CWO HAMILTON, 15 JUNE 2016

(A) RSM THE ROYAL CANADIAN REGIMENT (RSM RCR), CWO HARTNELL, REMAINS

(B) RSM PRINCESS PATRICIA S CANADIAN LIGHT INFANTRY (RSM PPCLI), CWO STEVENS, REMAINS

(C) RSM ROYAL 22E REGIMENT (RSM R22ER), CWO COLBERT, REMAINS

(6) SM THE CORPS OF ROYAL CANADIAN ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS (SM RCEME), CWO WALHIN, 3 JUNE 2016

(7) CWO CANADIAN ARMY LOGISTICS BRANCH (CWO CA LOG BR), CWO PEARSON, REMAINS

(8) CWO CANADIAN ARMY INTELLIGENCE BRANCH (CWO CA INT BR), CWO LAFONTAINE, 1 DECEMBER 2015

2.    PLEASE ENSURE THE WIDEST DISTRIBUTION OF THIS INFO

 

Canadian Army HCol Appointment list, updated as of 26 May 2016

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