Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took direct aim at military commanders on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, following a whirlwind 48 hours involving a senior officer who provided a reference for a convicted sex offender.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan's office is standing by the military's decision to reassign a senior officer who wrote a reference for a convicted sex offender to a new job that involves reviewing ways to eliminate sexual misconduct from the Canadian Armed Forces.
Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin’s lawyers are citing Health Minister Patty Hajdu’s statements during a television interview in May in their fight to prove their client’s removal as head of Canada’s vaccine distribution campaign constituted improper political interference.
The Canadian military will begin wrapping up its mission at Kabul airport in the coming days ahead of the Aug. 31 deadline the United States set for full withdrawal, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Wednesday.
Canada airlifted another 121 people from strife-ridden Afghanistan on Saturday, August 21, 2021, including Canadian citizens and family members as well as Afghan nationals accepted for resettlement by Ottawa and its allies, officials said on Sunday, August 22, 2021.
The senior military officer who oversaw Canada’s vaccine rollout campaign is poised to be charged with one count of sexual assault, though one of his lawyers is raising questions about the timing of that decision in relation to the federal election.
The Trudeau government is promising to resettle 20,000 refugees who have already fled Afghanistan even as months of frustration turn to outright fear over the fate of hundreds of former interpreters and their families still stuck in the country.