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Canada Military probe into Vance allegations expands to ‘unprecedented’ levels

04:26  23 february  2021
04:26  23 february  2021 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Jonathan Vance wearing a suit and tie: Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance attends a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Latvian President Egils Levits in London on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Canada's top general says he is concerned about anything that would give China easier access to the Canadian military's computer networks. © THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance attends a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Latvian President Egils Levits in London on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Canada's top general says he is concerned about anything that would give China easier access to the Canadian military's computer networks.

A promised external probe into Gen. Jonathan Vance is being expanded to what sources described as “unprecedented” levels to investigate the allegations of inappropriate behaviour from the former military chief, as well as to root out those who were complicit.

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According to the sources, the terms of the probe will also deal with rising concerns that the issue of sexual misconduct by the senior ranks could be a systemic issue in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and that such an investigation can now only be handled by a large, independent human resources firm or prominent Canadian, such as a former Supreme Court judge.

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Though the terms of reference are still being determined, the probe's expansion comes as a result of Global News' reporting on Sunday, in which Maj. Kellie Brennan, one of the women behind the allegations, shared her story in an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson.

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

During the interview, Brennan had also made allegations about a serious and violent sexual assault, and that one of her bosses who had asked her for sex was promoted instead of being reprimanded.

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A separate investigation by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) has since been launched against Vance. New investigations from the military police, separate from the one looking into Vance, are also set to be opened following the allegations from Brennan in Global News' reporting.

New developments also came from the House of Commons committee investigating the allegations, who unanimously agreed on Monday to call for a former military ombudsman who sources said had initially shared concerns about the then chief of defence staff's alleged behaviour.

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According to the sources, former ombudsman Gary Walbourne had brought concerns of alleged inappropriate behaviour by Vance to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan‘s office in 2018.

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The sources said that the minister was left feeling "concerned" and that Sajjan referred the concerns to the Privy Council Office, though nothing appears to have happened with the allegations after that.

According to a spokesperson for the Privy Council Office, nothing was shared with them had enabled them to look further into the matter. Questioning by the committee, where Sajjan was present Friday, focused primarily on the circumstances of his offices' reporting to the Privy Council.

The military police probe was started shortly after Global News' reporting of the allegations against Vance in early February, who had spent five years as Canada's top military commander.

Two female subordinates had alleged inappropriate behaviour from Vance, though the former military chief has since denied all allegations of such behaviour.

With files from Global News' Amanda Connolly and Marc-André Cossette

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