Letter to MND: Regarding Ombudsman Report – Priority Hiring for Releasing Members

14 November 2014

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of National Defence
National Defence Headquarters
Major-General George R. Pearkes Building
13th Floor, North Tower
101 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K2

Dear Minister Nicholson:

I am pleased to submit to you our report entitled Priority Hiring for Releasing Members. This report is submitted to you pursuant to paragraph 38(1)(b) of the Ministerial Directives respecting the Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces.

This report analyzes the Public Service Commission Priority Hiring for members released from the Canadian Armed Forces for medical reasons that are attributable to service. It is the opinion of both myself and the Veterans Ombudsman that the Canadian Armed Forces is best placed to make the determination of whether a medical release is attributable to service pursuant to Bill C-27.

With the submission of this Report to you, we will be publishing the report no sooner than 28 days from the date of this letter. As in the past, we will advise your Office of the exact date that we intend to publish.

We look forward to receiving your response to our recommendations.

Yours truly,

Gary Walbourne

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