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Mobina Jaffer

The Hon. Mobina S.B. Jaffer, Q.C., LL.B. Senator Mobina Jaffer, named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2005, was appointed to the Senate by the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien in 2001. She represents the province of British Columbia.

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Veterans Affairs - Budget Cutbacks

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Statement made on 18 October 2011 by Senator Roméo Dallaire

Hon. Roméo Antonius Dallaire:

Madam Leader, in another life I was an assistant deputy minister and we were always afraid of Friday afternoons, because there was always a panic. There was always a crisis on Friday afternoons. We often wondered where these crises came from and who created them. The more time I spend on the Hill, the more I realize that they start here, with the government on Parliament Hill.

For example, on Friday afternoon it was announced that the Veterans Affairs budget would be cut by $226 million over two years. It was Friday afternoon and there was no one, or practically no one, there to respond.

Is this $226 million — which, over two years, represents approximately 5 per cent of the Veterans Affairs budget — part of the 5 per cent budget cuts from last year and in anticipation of the 5 per cent cuts next year? Or is this something completely different?

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