Former Veteran Ombudsman Is Skeptical That Liberals Will Deliver Promises to Veterans

More than five years after being dumped as Canada’s first Veterans Ombudsman, Pat Stogran’s bitterness seems not to have diminished.

If anything, the retired infantry colonel’s cynicism about Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and government in general has only deepened.

It spills out on almost every page of his memoir, “Rude Awakening: The Government’s Secret War Against Canada’s Veterans.” The self-published book has been available online through Amazon, Indigo and other outlets since January.

Last fall’s change of regime in Ottawa has done nothing to alter Stogran’s pessimism about the modern VAC, which he says remains resistant to innovative change and tightfisted even before the former Conservative government made penny-pinching a priority.

“This government has made all kinds of promises,” Stogran said in an interview with Yahoo Canada News. “I met with the minister [Kent Hehr] and I made very clear to him that it’s a cultural problem.

“A lot of the travesty is what happens underneath the deputy minister’s watch, which she doesn’t have eyes on. I gave him the advice that it’s the culture of denial that has to change.”

Stogran sympathizes with overworked frontline workers dealing with vets’ claims but said the department’s senior bureaucrats promote a culture of “deny, deceive, defer.”

  • canminuteman

    I vaguely remember this guy. We were in Petawawa at the same time, but not in the same unit.

    • Minicapt

      Pat was a Patricia, commanded 3PPBG in Kandahar in 2002. He did serve in the Airborne, if my memory is correct.


      • canminuteman

        He was adj of the Airborne Regiment. I was in the Svc Bn. (Maint coy)

  • Jaedo Drax

    How much would it cost to terminate everyone above say regional manager and start over, or alternatively contract it out to someone more competent?

    The problems haven’t changed in the last 30 years… and a culture in a department especially a government one doesn’t get changed in a couple of months.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Liberals deliver on promises?

  • infedel

    Pray for allof our Western Military that are fighting for an absurd “nation building” with RoE that are crazy….phuque islamic nations…as they invade our land our patriots die for theirs…how absurd….ban islam; nuke mecca.

    • infedel

      Bless our military; scorn our politians and owo bankers.

  • Frances

    Kent Hehr is a decent, well-meaning man, but I doubt he has the necessary influence to clean up the mess that is Veterans Affairs. Forget the obligatory grumbling about the Conservatives’ penny-pinching; there’s a long-entrenched bureaucracy there that cares more about their own raises and entitlements than compensating veterans. And this goes back many years: had a family member who was “retired” when he was clearly ill, and possibly from job-related causes. Took his widow a long time – and much help – to finally get VA to give her the pension she deserved. And this was before the Conservatives were in government.

  • Gary

    Justin is turning out to be a typical Liberal where almost all of his supporters are now making excuses for him or claim his lies less than Harper did.

    Basically , Justin’s their Brother in law that beats their sister less than her last husband. Liberals don’t want to stop all the violence , only when it’s not one of theirs .