Realizing that public education was fundamental to any possible improvement in how the government of Canada treats (and mistreats) disabled veterans and their families, Sean Bruyea began writing articles for publication in news media across Canada. Sean’s first article was to make the case for the creation of a veterans’ ombudsman. It was quickly quoted in the Conservative 2005-2006 election platform, “Stand up For Veterans”.
Since that time, Sean has expanded his writing to embrace many veteran issues but has also taken on accountability and transparency, including whistleblower issues, as they relate to the federal government. He has had over thirty articles published in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Sun, Halifax Chronicle Herald, Fredericton Daily Gleaner, Esprit de Corps magazine and he is a frequent writer for the Hill Times, Canada’s leading news source on goings-on in the Federal Government.
His articles are all compiled in various categories as detailed in the left side bar.
Sean’s advocacy work has allowed him the honour of being invited to testify before Parliamentary on six separate occasions: four instances to Commons Committees and Subcommittees and two instances to Senate Committees and Subcommittees. Sean has consistently provided factual and in-depth testimony supported by accompanying reports and research. He has often been accompanied by other veteran advocates (Louise Richard, Tom Hoppe, Harold Leduc and Perry Gray) as well as family and supporters such as Alan Cutler from Canadians for Accountability and David Hutton, Executive Director of FAIR Whistleblower.
Up until now, Sean has testified to Parliament principally about issues affecting injured serving and retired Canadian Forces members and their families. More recently he has testified about the federal government’s misuse and abuse of private medical information for the purposes of discrediting those who would speak truth to power.
In addition to providing reports accompanying his Parliamentary Testimony, Sean has created a number of unique fact-based reports which have provided unprecedented insight into the operations of Veterans Affairs Canada and the laws, regulations and programme’s this federal department administers. Sean was the principal author (with the editing help of Perry Gray, chief editor of www.VeteranVoice.info) of Canada’s first-ever comprehensive ‘ombudsman report’ on Veterans Affairs Canada in 2005. The extensiveness of the report and its wide-reaching and extensive methodology have yet to be replicated to date.
Furthermore, Sean wrote the first comprehensive analysis of the New Veterans Charter with the editing assistance of the founder of www.VeteranVoice.info, CJ Wallace. The analysis has repeatedly served as the launch pad for a clear analysis and comparison of benefits for injured veterans and their families both before and after the creation of the New Veterans Charter. The analysis has since been updated.