Feds face growing questions over misconduct in the military, as documents show hundreds of cases since 2016

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The Conservatives are questioning the prime minister’s assertion that his office was unaware a misconduct allegation brought forward in 2018 against the former defence chief was sexual in nature, once again reigniting criticism of how the report was handled. After Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday his staff didn’t know the allegation against Gen. Jonathan Vance was a “Me Too complaint,” the opposition is pushing for his chief of staff Katie Telford to appear before the House of Commons’ national defence committee to detail her account of how the events unfolded in March 2018. It comes as new documents tabled in the House of Commons responding to an order paper question posed by Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant show Operation Honour recorded 581 incidents of sexual assault and 221 cases of sexual harassment between April 1, 2016 and March 9, 2021. The majority of sexual assault reports logged – 411 – have identified the victim as female and the perpetrator as male. Operation Honour was instituted by Vance in 2015 as a way to combat sexual misconduct in the Forces and create long-lasting culture change.

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