Oakville MP stands by military police chief despite force’s mishandling of cases

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Published June 1, 2022 at 12:18 pm

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Defence Minister Anita Anand (The Canadian Press)

Canada’s Defence Minister Anita Anand, MP for Oakville, is standing by defence chief Gen. Wayne Eyre’s decision to keep Canada’s top military police officer in his job for another two years.

The extension was announced late Tuesday, the same day that a complaints commission asked Provost Marshal Brig.-Gen. Simon Trudeau to apologize to two military cadets.

The apologies related to serious problems with the handling of a case of alleged sexual misconduct and an attempted suicide at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont.

While the Military Police Complaints Commission said Trudeau did issue apology letters to the two cadets, the incident follows numerous questions about the conduct and standards of military police.

Anand told reporters at a defence conference this morning that she nonetheless has confidence in Eyre’s decision to extend Trudeau in his position for another two years.

Eyre on Tuesday announced Trudeau was being extended to oversee reforms of the military police and justice system in response to several recent reports.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 1, 2022.

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