January 10, 2014. In a demonstrated and energetic display of political leadership and statemanship, the Leader of the Official Opposition, the Honorable Thomas Mulcair, urgently called upon Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take immediate steps to improve, inter alia, access to health services for CF members and Veterans alike and to take steps to remove the stigma associated with mental illness.
In his succinct but powerful address to the Prime Minister, Mr. Mulcair also rightfully sounded the alarm over the fact that as many as 50 Board of Inquiries (BOI) on military suicides currently laid dormant on the desk of the Chief of the Defense Staff (CDS). This includes the BOI for the late Corporal Stuart Langridge a copy of which the CF has have yet to serve on his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Shaun Fynes.
Another immediate and shocking result of this state of affairs is that lessons which should have been learned from these tragic loss of our noble and brave Veterans have not yet been promulgated and and implemented to prevent the recurrence of such tragedies. In the meanwhile grieving families families such as the Fynes are inexplicably denied a reasonable early opportunity to obtain answers and closures.
We can only echo the sentiments expressed by Mr. Mulcair and salute his timely involvement and leadership in this matter of growing national interest. Obviously Mr. Mulcair has heard the collective ‘Cri de coeur’ from Veterans and their families everywhere and for this we are very much appreciative.
We take this opportunity to reiterate [See earlier Posts dated December 2, 2013 and October 28, 2013] our strongly and honestly held belief that the non-hostile death of a CF soldier should be investigated not by the military but by an open, impartial and independent such as a Coroner Inquest which, the record shows, can be conducted in a timely and effective manner.
See letter from Mulcair to Harper – Soldier Suicides – PDF – EN