Minister Sajjan must show Canadians he acted on sexual misconduct allegations




February 23, 2020,

Ottawa, ON – James Bezan, Conservative Shadow Minister for National Defence, and Pierre Paul-Hus, Conservative Shadow Minister for Public Services and Procurement, released the following statement calling on Minister Sajjan to show Canadians he acted on allegations of sexual misconduct by former Chief of Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance:


“Minister Sajjan has repeatedly claimed he took appropriate action on sexual misconduct allegations, but he is refusing to show Canadians he did. The Minister has not answered the simplest questions or confirmed details which have been widely reported by the media. Canadians want to know – what he is trying to hide?


“That is why Canada’s Conservatives are calling on Minister Sajjan to show Canadians whether he carried out his duties as Defence Minister to investigate and report on a serious matter of alleged sexual misconduct that was brought to his attention in 2018.


“With every non-answer from Minister Sajjan, the more it looks like the Liberals are trying to cover up their mishandling of serious allegations of sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces.”


“Minister Sajjan must stop hiding the truth and answer when he became aware of these allegations and what actions he took. His failure to do so calls into question his ability to continue serving as the Minister of National Defence.”