Statement by Minister of Veterans Affairs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — (Marketwire) — 10/25/10 — The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada and Minister of State (Agriculture) today issued the following statement:

“I wish to hereby give an update on the case of Sean Bruyea versus the Government of Canada.

I wish to report that the Government of Canada is immediately undertaking an expedited mediation procedure in this case.

In addition, I would like to make the following statement to Mr. Sean Bruyea:

I was very troubled to learn that personal information concerning you was shared among public servants who had no need for this information in order to do their work.

I recognize that this information sharing has caused you needless suffering and anxiety, and for that the Government and I are truly sorry.

I also extend my sincere regrets to anyone who may have gone through the same situation. As I said, we will be co-operating with regard to the in-depth audit being conducted by the Privacy Commissioner, and we will take action in follow-up to the results and recommendations.

Meanwhile, I have already taken measures and actions to ensure that Veterans’ privacy is protected.”