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April 15, 2010

Mr. Pierre Daigle
Ombudsman for the Department of
National Defence and the Canadian Forces
100 Metcalfe Street, 12th Floor
Ottawa ON K1P 5M1

Dear Mr. Daigle:

I wish to thank you for providing me with an advance copy of your special report entitled The Canadian Forces Grievance Process: Making it Right for Those Who Serve.

As this report addresses an important issue with respect to the current Canadian Forces grievance process and, by extension, an issue with the potential to affect the morale of Canadian Forces members, I have reviewed it with great interest. Allow me to compliment you and your team for a well-researched, well-balanced, and well-written report. It makes a solid argument in favour of providing to the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), as the final authority in the adjudication of grievances, the necessary financial authority to offer some monetary compensation as part of the grievance process.

It is too early for me to pass judgement on your report. Even if I were to agree with you on the fundamental principle of granting the CDS the authority to make monetary payments within the context of a grievance, finding the most appropriate way to implement this concept is not as obvious. Not only would there be a need to identify the proper regulatory mechanism to grant the CDS and his delegate such authority, there would also be the need to define the parameters within which this authority could be used. This is why I have asked that a working group study this matter as well as the challenges associated with your proposals. I hope to be able to share with you in the near future their recommendations on the way forward.

As you have rightly identified, this is not the first time this recommendation has been made, and the time has come to bring closure to it one way or the other.

Allow me again to thank you for your continued interest in the welfare of Canadian Forces members.


Peter MacKay


Mr. Robert Fonberg
Deputy Minister of National Defence

General Walter J. Natynczyk, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
Chief of the Defence Staff

Vice-Admiral J.A. Denis Rouleau, C.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Vice Chief of the Defence Staff

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