Military Misconduct Review and NDP Reaction – April 29, 2021
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At a virtual press conference, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan provides an update on his government’s response to sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces. He is joined by his parliamentary secretary Anita Vandenbeld. The minister has been under fire for his handling of misconduct allegations made against former chief of the defence staff General Jonathan Vance.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh holds a news conference on Parliament Hill, where he responds to the federal government’s announcement of an independent and comprehensive review into harassment and sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces. Former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour will lead the review and will also provide recommendations on setting up an independent external reporting system. This will be the second examination of military misconduct in six years. Former Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps produced a report in 2015 about deficiencies in the military’s sexual harassment and misconduct policies.