What's New: Chief of the Defence Staff Visits the Military Grievances External Review Committee

October 30, 2013

General Thomas J. Lawson speaks to staff while Mr. Bruno Hamel is looking on

General Thomas J. Lawson (left) and the Committee Chairperson, Mr. Bruno Hamel

On October 30, the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), General Thomas J. Lawson, visited the Military Grievances External Review Committee (MGERC). During his visit, the CDS met with the Committee’s Chairperson, Mr. Bruno Hamel, to discuss the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) grievance process. The General also met with MGERC staff members and spoke highly of the Committee’s outstanding service to CAF members.

I would like to thank all of you for your continuous support and tremendous work for the benefit of CAF members, said the CDS as he addressed the staff. We may not agree on all the issues, but by opening up our thought channels, you help us think outside the box and as such your opinion is very valuable, he added.

General Lawson also praised the Committee’s efforts in highlighting broader problems which may exist in the grievance process by producing, as well as sharing with the CDS, systemic recommendations (recommendations with respect to a policy or a regulation that may affect more than one CAF member). With your help, in the past five years, 40 systemic recommendations were identified and addressed. The Committee is fulfilling its critical challenge function stupendously, said General Lawson.

Surveys show that the Canadians’ trust in their Armed Forces has increased considerably in the past few years. This committee helps us build a more efficient, transparent and fair grievance process and, by doing so, supports the dedicated, eager to help, and competent Canadian military force of today that is continuously demonstrating operational excellence. This can only be achieved with your hard work and dedication. I thank you, concluded the CDS.

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