Fortin’s fight for reinstatement gets shot in the arm following Appeal Court decision
Published January 10, 2022 at 1:05 pm
OTTAWA — Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin’s fight for reinstatement as head of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution campaign goes on after a critical decision by the Federal Court of Appeal.
In a decision released Friday, Justice Anne Mactavish refused a federal government demand to quash the senior military officer’s request for the Appeal Court to hear his case.
In doing so, Mactavish cleared the way for Fortin’s case to be heard by a three-judge panel, likely in the spring.
Fortin has been seeking to return to his post at the Public Health Agency of Canada since he was abruptly removed last May amid a police investigation that later resulted in a charge of sexual assault that is still moving through the Quebec court system. Fortin has maintained his innocence.
Federal Court Justice Ann Marie McDonald ruled in October that Fortin, who has denied any wrongdoing, needed to submit a formal complaint to the military before resorting to the courts.
In their appeal, Fortin’s lawyers argued McDonald erred in a number of different ways, and that their case be sent back to the Federal Court and heard by a different judge.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 10, 2022.
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