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Canada's opposition demands that the Defense Minister should be sacked


Canada's opposition demands that the Defense Minister should be sacked

Canada's opposition demands that the Defense Minister should be sacked


Sexual misconduct within the Canadian soldiers has led to the Conservative Party leader calling Harjit Sajjan as an “incompetent minister” who has lost the arrogance of the military.

Canada’s opposition has demanded that minister of national defence Harjit Sajjan either resign or be faraway from his post by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as an institutional crisis associated with sexual misconduct within the military continues to roil the country.

Speaking within the House of Commons on Tuesday, leader of the opposition Erin O’Toole said the military was “literally falling apart” under Sajjan’s watch and he should “do the honourable thing and resign”.

The Conservative Party leader also described Sajjan as an “incompetent minister” who has lost the arrogance of the military.

That demand came after controversies over sexual misconduct within the military still trouble Sajjan.

The latest episode involved major-general Dany Fortin who was removed in mid-May from his position as vice-president for logistics and operations with the general public Health Agency of Canada, thanks to an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct that occurred three decades earlier.

Fortin had led Canada’s vaccination programme after being seconded to the PHAC last November. Now, his lawyers have filed a case during a court alleging improper interference into the military chain of command with Sajjan, health minister Patty Hajdu and Trudeau, along side the senior-most bureaucrat within the country, the Clerk of the council , taking the choice for political reasons.

As Fortin’s legal team challenged the govt , general officer Mike Rouleau, the second-in-command within the Canadian soldiers or CAF, resigned after it had been discovered he went golfing with retired general Jonathan Vance, the previous chief of staff. In fact, the whole controversy started with reports of Vance’s alleged sexual misconduct. Vance resigned in January amidst allegations of impropriety of a sexual nature and is facing an investigation.

Sajjan has come under severe criticism during this matter after the military ombudsman of the time revealed that the defence minister was informed of the then CAF, Vance’s alleged “improper conduct” with a subordinate in 2018. In May, an adviser to Trudeau testified before the House of Commons defence committee that she was conscious of the allegations. there have been accusations that Sajjan didn't act against Vance thanks to their long relationship, as they both served together in Afghanistan.

Sajjan has defended himself, as he continued to try to to on Tuesday. When confronted with O’Toole’s harangue, he said, “We take all allegations very seriously, as I did and brought the immediate information to the acceptable officials.”

Those explanations have done little to dampen criticism of Sajjan within the media and by the opposition, as O’Toole tweeted on Tuesday, “The behaviour of minister Sajjan is disgraceful to the institution we both once served. He has covered up sexual misconduct within the CAF and has lost the respect of members of the CAF. It’s time for the prime minister to point out some leadership and fire his defence minister.”

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