Trudeau approved performance pay for Vance after office aware of sexual misconduct allegations

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved a performance bonus for former chief of defense staff Jonathan Vance even after he was made aware of the sexual misconduct allegations levelled against the retired general, The Globe and Mail reports. Documents show that Vance’s bonus pay in 2019 was increased to between $260,600 and $306,500 effective the previous year, an increase of about $50,000. The increase was issued through an order-in-council. This is despite the fact that the Prime Minister’s Office was alerted to the sexual misconduct allegations against Vance in early 2018. “Justin Trudeau and his office failed to live up to their own zero-tolerance standard on sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces,” said Conservative defence critic James Bezan. Bezan called the Prime Minister’s conduct “disgusting” and asked “how many more women were victimized in the Canadian Armed Forces by commanding officers because this type of behaviour was not brought forward and justice served?”

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