Trudeau on military misconduct: ‘I wish I could have done more’ – National

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested that “the highest levels of the military” told his government that “there was no problem” when it came to misconduct scandal that rocked the Canadian Armed Forces.

In a year-end interview with Global News Ottawa, Ottawa Office Manager Mercedes Stephenson Trudeau said he wishes “he could do more”.

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“Looking back, there are always things that we wish we had done more and faster. But when the top ranks of the military insist that there is no problem, it will be a challenge for any government to say ‘OK, you are wrong, we will get rid of you all,’ we will Trudeau say.

“I wish I could do more than that. I wish I had – I wish I could do more. ”

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The Trudeau government has known since coming to power in 2015 that sexual misconduct is “endemic” in the military and that the culture of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is “toxic” for women. and LGBTQ members.

Those are the words used by former Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps in her 2015 report on sexual misconduct in the military – a problem that dates back decades.

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Trudeau’s government has faced heavy criticism over the past 11 months for not implementing core recommendations from the Deschamps report, which calls for the creation of an independent reporting system for misconduct. military sex. The aim is for victims to be able to report outside of the chain of command, which Deschamps argues has definite benefit in wiping allegations under the rug.

However, Trudeau gave few details as to why his government for six years chose to make that recommendation, an issue that has become a frequent target of criticism in research studies. of the twin congressional committee on this year’s sexual misconduct crisis.

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Canada’s new Defense Minister, Anita Anand, admitted this week that the government has failed to combat the “scourge” of sexual misconduct in the military. In an apology on behalf of the government, Anand said that “countless lives have been lost because of inaction and system failure.”

“This is a failure that the Canadian Armed Forces, our department and the Government of Canada will always carry with them,” Anand said.

“These organizations have failed you, and we regret that. I’m sorry.”

The Canadian Forces’ handling of sexual misconduct came to light following a Global News report in February 2021. Several top military personnel have been forced out or forced to resign. because of allegations of misconduct since then.

In April, the Trudeau government asked another former Supreme Court Justice, Louise Arbor, to conduct an external review of the matter, which is expected to take place in the spring. In June, former Supreme Court justice Morris Fish released a report warning that the problem remains as “pervasive” and “destructive” in 2021 as it was in 2015 when Deschamps wrote his report. she.

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Trudeau told Global News that he wishes “the circumstances would push us into” doing more.

“But we are there now and we are doing our best, as quickly and by all means as possible, and we are being supported by extraordinary members of the (Canada) Armed Forces from the outside. in, who say: ‘About time. Thank you for doing that. This is our support,” Trudeau said.

Stephenson’s full interview with Trudeau will air on December 25. The West Block’s Talk to the Prime Minister will air on December 26 at 11 a.m. ET/CT and 10 a.m. MT/PT.

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