NDP

Wilson calls on McNeil government to recognize skills and training of retiring veterans

September 10, 2015


NDP Labour critic Dave Wilson is calling on the McNeil government to recognize the skills of people who have served our country and help deal with a shortage of commercial drivers at the same time. “Often as soon as someone who has served our country takes their uniform off, they lose recognition of their skills. And that’s just not right,” said Wilson.

At today’s Veterans Affairs Committee meeting, MLAs heard testimony from the Executive Director of Helmets to Hardhats, Brigadier-General (Retired) Greg Matte, who is working to get provinces to give accreditation for a DND 404 (military driver license).

With 5,000 people in the Canadian Forces with the DND 404 license, which allows drivers to operate tractor trailers, five-ton trucks, and armoured vehicles, a legislative change would help retiring vets quickly find jobs with trades unions who are looking for qualified drivers.

Wilson made a motion at the committee requesting Minister MacLellan recognize the skills and training our veterans who have the DND 404 to allow them to obtain drivers’ permits for applicable Nova Scotia licenses.

Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec have made the change, with Alberta looking to follow suit this fall. “Nova Scotians serve our country in great numbers and they need help in the transition to civilian careers – a job is the best route to avoid poverty and homelessness that so many veterans now face,” added Wilson.