As a young boy there was nothing more he loved than strapping on a pair of skates and playing hockey with his friends. He was good at it. His dad was often the coach. He was a good hockey player and he was a good teammate. He played on some good teams in Calgary. They even won a few championships. He kept playing hockey through his teen years. He wasn’t going to be a great hockey player. He was no Gretzky. He’d have a tough time making a semi-pro league when he got older. But it’s what he liked to do. He liked being with his friends, hanging out and playing hockey. One of the local bars had his jersey autographed and mounted on the wall. And it was right beside Wayne Gretzky’s. And then one night he was out with his friends driving around Calgary. He was in the backseat. A car with a couple of young men pulled up beside them. They started talking and it got to be a little heated. A gun came out. A bullet was fired. It went through his neck. In that moment his life changed. For ever. On October 19, 2015 that young man was elected as the MP for Calgary Centre. Less than a month later he was appointed as Minister of Veterans Affairs.
CPAC’s Jacqueline Milczarek gets Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent Hehr to talk about his own personal story.