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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 16
Monday, February 22, 2021, 11:07 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Karen McCrimmon, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Leif-Erik Aune, Procedural Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Marie Dumont, Analyst
• Anne-Marie Therrien-Tremblay, Analyst
Department of National Defence
• BGen Andrew Atherton, Director General of Professional Military Conduct
• Denise Preston, Executive Director, Sexual Misconduct Response Centre
As an individual
• Marie Deschamps, Former Justice, Supreme Court of Canada
• Col (Ret'd) Michel W. Drapeau, Professor, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Common Law
• Maya Eichler, Associate Professor in political studies and women’s studies/Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Community Engagement
• Alan Okros
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, the committee resumed its study of addressing sexual misconduct issues in the Canadian Armed Forces, including the allegations against former chief of the defence staff Jonathan Vance.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.

Motion

James Bezan moved, — That, in respect of the committee’s study regarding the allegations of sexual misconduct against former Chief of Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance, that the committee summon Gary Walbourne, former National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman, to appear for at least two hours before the committee at a date and time determined by the Chair but no later than ten days following the adoption of this motion, that the committee hearing take place in public and be televised.

At 11:47 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:53 a.m., the sitting resumed.

Questioning of the witnesses resumed.

At 12:29 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:31 p.m., the sitting resumed.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.

At 12:46 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:55 p.m., the sitting resumed.

It was agreed, — That, in respect of the committee’s study regarding the allegations of sexual misconduct against former Chief of Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance, that the committee summon Gary Walbourne, former National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman, to appear for at least two hours before the committee at a date and time determined by the Chair but no later than ten days following the adoption of this motion, that the committee hearing take place in public and be televised.

At 1:10 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Wassim Bouanani
Clerk of the Committee