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View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2021-06-23 14:23 [p.9049]
Mr. Speaker, for five years the Canadian Armed Forces has struggled with Operation Honour, trying to address sexual misconduct and a culture of covering it up. Two chiefs of defence staff have been terminated. There has been a cover-up in the Prime Minister's office that we have asked questions about. Now I have a troubling question for the Prime Minister.
Can he confirm to the House that the Minister of National Defence has never hired someone who was previously dismissed by an employer for sexual misconduct?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2021-06-23 14:24 [p.9049]
Mr. Speaker, the Minister of National Defence has spent a lifetime serving his country, first as a police officer, then as a decorated soldier who served three tours in Afghanistan, and now as a member of Parliament. He, along with the rest of our government, has been working hard to push back against sexual harassment and sexual intimidation to work to change the culture of the Canadian Armed Forces and, indeed, the culture of systemic discrimination in all of our institutions.
We all have much more work to do, but we will continue to stay focused on making sure that everyone has a safe workplace.
View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2021-06-23 14:25 [p.9049]
Mr. Speaker, if one is going to change the culture of a workplace with respect to sexual harassment, one has to show zero tolerance. I will ask the Prime Minister again, because he avoided answering my question.
Did the Minister of National Defence hire someone who had been previously dismissed by an employer for sexual misconduct? It is a simple question. The men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces deserve a response from the Prime Minister.
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2021-06-23 14:25 [p.9049]
Mr. Speaker, the men and women of the armed forces deserve to work in an environment free from misogyny, intimidation and unacceptable actions. That is something we all have long known but, as we know, there is still much more work to do.
Over the past years we have taken significant steps to change the culture in the armed forces, and just this year we have done even more. Whether it was appointing Lieutenant-General Jennie Carignan to head up the centre for professional conduct and culture, appointing Louise Arbour for an independent review of the treatment of sexual misconduct or committing over $236 million to transform the culture, we will continue to do the work necessary.
View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2021-06-23 14:26 [p.9049]
Mr. Speaker, our men and women in uniform deserve an answer. They deserve the truth.
I will repeat my question for the third time, this time in French. Did the Minister of Defence hire a man who had been dismissed for sexual misconduct, yes or no?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2021-06-23 14:26 [p.9049]
Mr. Speaker, we have been working together for years to transform the culture not only of our armed forces but of all our institutions in Canada.
We have taken significant steps to provide more support to anyone experiencing intimidation, harassment or assault. That is what we will continue to do.
In recent months, we have taken specific concrete measures with respect to the armed forces. Justice Arbour, Lieutenant-General Carignan and the implementation of Justice Fish's recommendations are examples of that.
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
Mr. Speaker, the Minister of National Defence is under fire again. This time, the military ombudsman, Gregory Lick, who reports directly to the minister, had this to say about the minister’s failure to act on military sexual misconduct: “When leaders turn a blind eye to our recommendations and concerns in order to advance political interests and their own self-preservation or career advancement, it is the members of the defence community that suffer the consequences”.
Will the minister face reality, quit putting his own career ahead of the women and men in uniform, do the right thing and resign?
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
Mr. Speaker, we know there have been two military ombudsmen who have said the defence minister has failed, and the defence minister refuses to acknowledge the anger of the victims, military members and his own ombudsman. The ombudsman was clear about the defence minister’s role in fanning the flames of the current crisis. He said:
…the actions of the Minister of National Defence, senior government and military officials have bitterly proved this point. The erratic behaviour of leadership defies common sense or reason. The concept of Ministerial accountability has been absent.
Has the minister finally gotten the message? For the good of the Canadian Armed Forces, will he please, please resign?
View Pierre Paul-Hus Profile
CPC (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Defence is in hot water again.
The military ombudsman, Gregory Lick, who reports directly to the minister, had this to say about his failures to act on sexual misconduct in the Canadian Forces: “When leaders turn a blind eye to our recommendations and concerns in order to advance political interests and their own self-preservation or career advancement, it is the members of the defence community that suffer the consequences.”
The minister continues to put his own interests ahead of those of Canadian Forces members. When will he resign?
View Pierre Paul-Hus Profile
CPC (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the defence minister does not seem to grasp the seriousness of the problem. He refuses to even acknowledge the anger of the victims, the military and his own ombudsman.
The ombudsman was clear about the minister's role, saying that he is the one who has been fuelling the problem. According to the ombudsman, “The erratic behaviour of leadership defies common sense or reason. The concept of ministerial accountability has been absent.”
Does the minister understand that he has failed again? Will he do the right thing and resign?
View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
View Rhéal Fortin Profile
2021-06-22 14:37 [p.8976]
Mr. Speaker, it is both sad and striking to see that nobody on the other side of the House has the wherewithal to defend the minister.
The defence ombudsman lashed out today. He said he was fed up with the fact that reports of sexual misconduct in the army are being shelved. As he put it, quote, “When leaders turn a blind eye to our recommendations and concerns in order to advance political interests and their own self-preservation or career advancement, it is the members of the defence community that suffer the consequences.” The ombudsman added, “It is clear that inaction is rewarded far more than action.” He said that this cannot persist.
What will it take for the Prime Minister to fire his Minister of Defence and put him out of his misery?
View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
View Rhéal Fortin Profile
2021-06-22 14:38 [p.8976]
Mr. Speaker, that is pathetic. I agree with the ombudsman: this cannot persist. The ombudsman warned us that the system is broken, that the minister is not listening and that he is dismissing the ombudsman's concerns.
The ombudsman warned us that people in the army who file complaints face retaliation from their superiors. The ombudsman warned us that the federal government commissions reports and then systematically shelves them. The ombudsman repeatedly accused the minister of protecting his own political interests rather than the victims.
Given everything we know, how can it be that the Minister of Defence is still in office this afternoon?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
2021-06-22 14:39 [p.8976]
Mr. Speaker, the Bloc Québécois should take a step back and watch what it says.
We are talking about a man who dedicated his life to his country, a respected veteran, a man who is transforming how the Canadian Armed Forces work, a man who is focused on instituting a culture of zero tolerance for discrimination and harassment, a man who deserves our trust and respect.
The Bloc Québécois should look itself in the mirror and stop resorting to such petty attacks.
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
Madam Speaker, last night, the majority of the House of Commons voted to censure the Minister of National Defence for his litany of failures. The most egregious thing he has been condemned for is allowing the crisis of sexual misconduct to fester in the military. Referring to the victims of military sexual traumas, Stephanie Carvin, associate professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, said the minister failed utterly to protect them or ensure there is any kind of justice for them in over six years of being the defence minister.
Will the Prime Minister fire the defence minister today?
View Anita Vandenbeld Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anita Vandenbeld Profile
2021-06-18 11:29 [p.8769]
Madam Speaker, yesterday shows that the Conservatives are more focused on waging personal and partisan attacks than supporting the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces. As opposition members themselves admitted, that vote will do nothing to help our women and men in uniform, including those who have experienced misconduct.
Do members know what would help the women and men in uniform? It is supporting the nearly one-quarter of a billion dollars in budget 2021 committed to ending sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces. However, the opposition will not do that.
While the Conservatives play partisan games, we are focused on creating a lasting and positive culture change.
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