PMO made aware of Sajjan’s direction on Vance allegation in 2018

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has revealed that his office was made aware of Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s move to redirect an allegation of sexual misconduct against the chief of the defence staff in March 2018 to outside officials. Trudeau said his team acknowledged that Sajjan had pointed then-military ombudsman Gary Walbourne to “independent officials who could investigate” the allegation levied against Gen. Jonathan Vance, but only recently learned of specifics through media reports. “In 2018 my office was aware of the minister’s direction to the ombudsman,” said Trudeau in Parliament on Wednesday. Military police launched an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Vance in early February 2021, following his retirement. CTV News has not independently verified these allegations.

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