Michael L. Blais CD
President and Founder
Mike Blais is a veteran who joined the Canadian Forces in 1977. Mike served most of his military career with The Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR), 1st and 3rd Battalions.
In 1984, Mike sustained a serious lower back injury while in Cyprus on a UN Peacekeeping Operation. He was air evacuated to NDMC and, after surgery, was medically reassigned to the Canadian Forces Dental Services. Mike underwent a second lower back operation in Germany while on his second NATO tour at CFB Baden Soellingen. In 1993 Mike was medically released from the CF.
On August 17, 2010, Mike became a reluctant veterans advocate after watching an extraordinary press conference given by the former PPCLI Commanding Officer, and Canada's first veterans ombudsman, Col Patrick B. Stogran. After watching Col Stogran, Mike was convinced that he had a duty to stand up for all veterans who are struggling to get the care and support they need from the Canadian Government.
Mike's conviction is shared by many military, RCMP and police veterans. The first order of business was to make these convictions known. On November 6, 2010, at 11am, Mike, along with other dedicated veterans advocates and many patriotic Canadians, demonstrated respectfully and peacefully on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in the first Canadian Veterans National Day of Protest.
At the same time, across the nation, thousands of veterans representing both small and large communities gathered at the offices of federal parliamentarians to demand the Government of Canada respect and abide by the social contract forged between the government and those that put themselves in harm's way in service of Canada. Of utmost importance was -- and is -- the government's violation of the sacred trust between soldiers and the nation they serve. This social contract was broken when, in 2005, all three major political parties rushed through parliamentary approval of the New Veterans Charter, a Charter that, when put into practice in 2006, proved to be substandard at best and that creates significant inequality between past, present and future veterans.
The Canadian Veterans Advocacy (CVA) was established following the first Canadian Veterans National Day of Protest. The guiding principle of the CVA is simple: One Veteran, One Standard. As Mike has said, "we are not radicals or hooligans; we are proud veterans fulfilling our duty and with all due respect, insisting Parliament's life-time obligation to our nation's disabled veterans be fulfilled -- a responsibility the government abandoned when it adopted the New Veterans Charter."