Sajjan says nature of Vance complaint ‘does not matter,’ the steps taken afterward do

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The federal defence minister says what was known in 2018 about the nature of the complaint levied against former defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance “does not matter.” In an interview on CTV’s Question Period airing Sunday, Harjit Sajjan says what’s of more value is the steps that were taken after the report was brought to light by former military ombudsman Gary Walbourne. “It does not matter what the complaint actually was, a complaint was brought forward about the chief of defence staff, and at that time what we needed to do was take immediate action so that could be looked into properly, and that was done,” said Sajjan. His comments come after a former senior adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the House of Commons’ defence committee that he and chief of staff Katie Telford were aware of a complaint but didn’t have certainty it was a sexual misconduct allegation. “The important, sensitive and unusual nature of this matter was immediately obvious to me, even in the absence of any details regarding the allegation,” Elder Marques told committee members. Trudeau reaffirmed this when he told reporters last week his team was unaware the allegation was a “Me Too complaint.”

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