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Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin is challenging the federal government’s decision to publicly terminate his secondment to lead Canada’s vaccine rollout, arguing the process was unfair and tainted by politics. Last month, the Department of National Defence issued a terse three-line statement late on a Friday saying that Maj.-Gen. Fortin would be leaving his post with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and his future would be decided by the acting chief of the defence staff. Fortin’s legal team argues the decision to publicly announce Fortin was leaving the vaccine rollout during a military police investigation was made for political purposes. “The decision was arbitrary, not in the public interest and made solely for the personal and political gain of the Ministers of Health and National Defence and the Prime Minister,” says a document filed in court today by Fortin’s legal team. The legal document calls on the federal government to give Fortin his old job back or find him another position suitable to his rank. Fortin’s lawyers filed an application today for a judicial review of his removal from his Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) post.

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