Published On: Sun, Aug 1st, 2021
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Defence Chief’s Notes Reveal Debate Over Due Process, Optics on Fortin Allegationon August 1, 2021 at 3:43 pm

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VANCOUVER—An extraordinary set of handwritten notes by Canada’s acting defence chief appear to reveal a behind−the−scenes struggle between due process, political optics and support for the complainant after a sexual misconduct allegation emerged against Maj.−Gen. Dany Fortin. More than 100 pages of heavily redacted documents, including notes mostly written in bullet−point form by Lt.−Gen. Wayne Eyre and internal email exchanges between top military officials, have been filed to the Federal Court. The communications are between mid−March and mid−May. The notes begin with a March 16 entry under the heading CFPM, apparently referring to the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal, the adviser to the defence chief on policing matters. It reads, “let me know about allegation (no details) (historic) against (senior member).” Fortin was removed from his position as head of Canada’s COVID−19 vaccine rollout on May 14, five days before the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service referred a sexual misconduct investigation …

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