Canada's Minister of Veterans Affairs coming to Hudson
PHOTO COURTESY CANADA HOUSE OF COMMONS
Believing it is important to extend thanks to members of the Armed Forces for “allowing us to all to live in freedom and security” across our country, Canada's Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, the Right Honourable Kent Hehr - shown above together with Vaudreuil-Soulanges Liberal MP Peter Schiefke in a photograph taken exclusively for Your Local Journal in Ottawa this week - is looking forward to visiting Hudson on Sunday, November 6.
In an historic first, a Canadian Minister of Veterans Affairs - the Honourable Kent Hehr who is also Associate Minister of National Defence - will join local veterans and members of the Hudson Legion Branch #115 who will be participating in Hudson's Remembrance Day Parade along Main Road this Sunday, November 6.
His one-day visit will also see him - together with Liberal MP for Vaudreuil-Soulanges Peter Schiefke - cutting a red ribbon and placing a wreath at the newly-landscaped Cenotaph made possible in part by a grant from the federal government.
Said Hehr when contacted by Your Local Journal in Ottawa, “I am looking forward to attending the Commemorative ceremony in Hudson on Sunday. It is very important to remember the services and sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and to also keep in mind that when a member serves, their family serves with them. This is also the occasion to say thank you to members of the Armed Forces for allowing us all to live in peace and security across the country.’’
Over and above his role in Justin Trudeau's Liberal government, Hehr's presence takes on special significance for the few remaining local veterans who came back from the horrors of World War II and who still march every year in memory of their brothers and sisters in arms. Many of whom did not return to their little town of Hudson and others who have since passed on. For Hehr will be participating in a wheelchair.
Born and raised in Calgary, and having represented the residents of downtown Calgary in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for more than seven years, his life drastically changed when - just shy of his 22nd birthday and while riding in a friend’s car - he was hit by a drive-by shooter leaving him a quadriplegic.
The life-altering injury did not quash his ambitions, however, and while still re-learning to use his fingers, he studied at the University of Calgary, earning his Bachelor of Canadian Studies, followed by his Bachelor of Law in 2001. He has practiced law at the prestigious national firm, Fraser Milner Casgrain, and became an active community leader, working with the United Way and heading the Alberta branch of the Canadian Paraplegic Association. In 2008, he was named one of the 20 Most Compelling Calgarians to Watch by the Calgary Herald.
Later that year, Hehr won the race to represent Calgary-Buffalo in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, a seat he successfully defended in 2012. And as shadow minister of justice, finance, education and other portfolios, he held the government to account while taking an active role in creating legislation for the future of Calgary and Alberta.
Said Hudson Legion President, Eric Connor, “On behalf of all our members and the residents of Hudson at large, we are truly honoured to have the Minister, as well as our local MP Peter Schiefke joining us on this very special day.”