Military Justice System Review – June 1, 2021
Scrums, news conferences, committees, conferences – highlights from the working day in Canadian politics.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan discusses the findings contained in the review of Canada’s military justice system. The mandated review was conducted by former Supreme Court justice Morris Fish, who was asked by the federal government in November 2020 to begin the independent review. He concludes that misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces “remains persistent, preoccupying and widespread.” The minister is joined by Anita Vandenbeld (his parliamentary secretary), David Lametti (minister of justice), Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre (acting chief of the defence staff), Jody Thomas (deputy minister, Department of National Defence), and Rear Admiral Geneviève Bernatchez (judge advocate general). The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces say they accept in principle the 107 recommendations made in the review. Implementation will begin in the short term on 36 of them.
At a news conference on Parliament Hill, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole outlines the party’s opposition day motion calling for the release of unredacted documents regarding the transfer of Ebola and Henipah viruses to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2019. The motion also calls for the release of documents concerning the firing of the two scientists, Xiangguo Qiu and her husband Keding Cheng, from the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg who sent the virus samples. O’Toole also faces questions on the U.S. border and Pride Month.
In a news conference on Parliament Hill, Yves-François Blanchet, the leader of the Bloc Québécois, comments on the adoption of the federal government’s legislation to modernize the Broadcasting Act (C-10).