Navy probe into Vance allegations expands to ‘unprecedented’ ranges

Military probe into Vance allegations expands to ‘unprecedented’ levels

2021-02-23 06:43:46

A promised exterior probe into Gen. Jonathan Vance is being expanded to what sources described as “unprecedented” ranges to analyze the allegations of inappropriate behaviour from the previous navy chief, in addition to to root out those that had been complicit.

Based on the sources, the phrases of the probe can even take care of rising considerations that the difficulty of sexual misconduct by the senior ranks may very well be a systemic concern within the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and that such an investigation can now solely be dealt with by a big, impartial human assets agency or distinguished Canadian, equivalent to a former Supreme Court docket choose.

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Although the phrases of reference are nonetheless being decided, the probe’s enlargement comes because of International Information’ reporting on Sunday, during which Maj. Kellie Brennan, one of many ladies behind the allegations, shared her story in an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson.

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Based on Brennan, sexual misconduct and inappropriate behaviour continued to pervade the CAF, regardless of the launch of Operation Honour by Vance himself in 2015.

In the course of the interview, Brennan had additionally made allegations a couple of critical and violent sexual assault, and that certainly one of her bosses who had requested her for intercourse was promoted as a substitute of being reprimanded.

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The West Block: Feb. 21

The West Block: Feb. 21

A separate investigation by the Canadian Forces Nationwide Investigation Service (CFNIS) has since been launched in opposition to Vance. New investigations from the navy police, separate from the one wanting into Vance, are additionally set to be opened following the allegations from Brennan in International Information’ reporting.

New developments additionally got here from the Home of Commons committee investigating the allegations, who unanimously agreed on Monday to name for a former navy ombudsman who sources stated had initially shared considerations concerning the then chief of defence employees’s alleged behaviour.

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Based on the sources, former ombudsman Gary Walbourne had introduced considerations of alleged inappropriate behaviour by Vance to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan‘s workplace in 2018.

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The sources stated that the minister was left feeling “involved” and that Sajjan referred the considerations to the Privy Council Workplace, although nothing seems to have occurred with the allegations after that.

Based on a spokesperson for the Privy Council Workplace, nothing was shared with them had enabled them to look additional into the matter. Questioning by the committee, the place Sajjan was current Friday, targeted totally on the circumstances of his workplaces’ reporting to the Privy Council.

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Accountability questions for Sajjan on Gen. Vance allegations

Accountability questions for Sajjan on Gen. Vance allegations

The navy police probe was began shortly after International Information’ reporting of the allegations in opposition to Vance in early February, who had spent 5 years as Canada’s prime navy commander.

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Two feminine subordinates had alleged inappropriate behaviour from Vance, although the previous navy chief has since denied all allegations of such behaviour.

With recordsdata from International Information’ Amanda Connolly and Marc-André Cossette

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