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The Honourable Erin O’Toole addresses the Conference of Defence Associations

February 19, 2015 – Ottawa – Veterans Affairs Canada

The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today delivered a keynote speech at the annual CDA Conference on Security and Defence.

During the address, Minister O’Toole highlighted his determination to adopt a Veteran-centric approach that is focused on care, compassion and respect.

The Minister also outlined the Government of Canada’s commitment to improving support for Veterans and their families by:

  • making access to benefits and services easier by reducing red tape and eliminating administrative burdens;
  • creating a principled framework that enables case managers to say “yes”; and
  • ensuring prompt attention, especially support for operational stress injuries, and timely benefit administration for Veterans.

Quick Facts

  • The Annual Conference on Security and Defence is jointly organized by the Conference of Defence Association Institute and the Conference of Defence Associations.
  • The Conference of Defence Associations Institute is a charitable and non-partisan organization whose mandate is to provide research support to the Conference of Defence Associations and promote informed public debate on national security and defence issues.
  • The Conference of Defence Associations advocates in favour of a sound defence and security policy and for appropriate support of the men and women of the Regular and Reserve components of Canada’s armed forces.


“I was pleased to address the Conference on Security and Defence on the way forward for Veterans and their families. By improving access to benefits, reducing red tape and striving for service excellence, we can provide Canada’s Veterans and their families with the support they need and deserve.”

The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs

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