Defence committee expands Canadian military misconduct investigation

A House of Commons probe into sexual misconduct allegations against the top brass of the military is now expanding. The Defence committee has agreed to call several senior Liberal officials to testify including another round with the defence minister. Military Police are investigating former chief of the defence staff Gen. Johnathan Vance who has denied any wrongdoing and the man who took over for him, Adm. Art McDonald who has temporarily stepped aside. The development follows an exclusive report by Global News detailing how the Canadian Forces found out about the allegations against McDonald.

The exclusive report by Global News on Sunday exposed alleged threats being made against a senior naval officer who sources say reported the allegation of sexual misconduct against McDonald that led to him stepping back as chief of the defence staff late last month.

The other report from Global News revealed that just one day after the ex-military ombudsman brought a 2018 allegation against Vance to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, someone whose name was redacted in documents obtained by Global News was telling the Privy Council Office to “put some things in writing.”

Mike Le Couteur is following this story.


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