Defence minister announces independent review of sexual misconduct in the military – April 29, 2021
At a virtual press conference, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announces that former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour will lead an independent, external comprehensive review into harassment and sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces. The review will examine the policies, procedures, programs, practices, and culture within the military. Arbour will also provide recommendations on setting up an independent external reporting system. The federal government also confirms that a new internal organization will be led by Lieutenant-General Jennie Carignan in her new role as chief of professional conduct and culture.
The minister is joined by his parliamentary secretary Anita Vandenbeld, deputy defence minister Jody Thomas, senior military officials, Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef and the prime minister’s parliamentary secretary Greg Fergus. Sajjan has been under fire for his handling of misconduct allegations levelled against the former chief of the defence staff, General Jonathan Vance. 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.