Liberal movement sees suspension of Commission investigation into military misconduct

The Ottawa Parliamentary Commission will end its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces after the Liberal Party’s motion has been passed.

The Defense Standing Committee has investigated this issue, including a specific allegation made against former Secretary of Defense General Jonathan Vance.

Liberal Party member Anita Vandenbert, Parliamentary Secretary of Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, proposed the motion and passed it with the support of members of Bloc Québécois.

Members of the committee requested that the clerk submit a written recommendation by Friday, hoping that the report would be submitted to the House of Commons by June.

James Bezan, a conservative Manitoba parliamentarian who belongs to the committee and is a party defense critic, told the House of Representatives that the suspension of the Liberal Party’s investigation was a concealment.

He accused Liberal lawmakers of stopping the hearing committee from key witnesses and finding what Sajan knew when the issue was first raised a few years ago.

In response, Mr Sajan said he had attended the committee three times for more than six hours and was looking forward to the recommendation.

Mr Vandenbert is concerned that the Commission has been listening to the witnesses’ testimony for about 25 hours and that the recommendation would not be ready before summer vacation without the final testimony starting this week. Said.

Survivors of military sexual trauma want the commission to stop pointing and prevent the study from prolonging, she added.

In an interview, Mr Bezan noted that the Commission had not yet been contacted by former Chief of Staff Zita Astrabas or Elder Marquez, who served as senior adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2018.

“I haven’t heard from some of the major witnesses that are blocking the liberals from coming,” Bezan said.

Opposition hoped to burn both ministerial aides on who was informed of the allegations involving Vance three years ago in the Prime Minister’s Office and why nothing more was done.

Randall Garrison, NDP defense critic, is also important to hear from Marquez before the vote on Monday, given the ongoing question of whether Trudeau is always informed about Vance’s allegations. Emphasized sex.