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Military’s investigative arm ‘uniquely poised’ to probe allegations at the top, says officer, but critics question its independence

By Samantha Wright Allen      

The public should have 'full confidence’ in the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, says a former vice chief of defence staff, while the unit’s commander says it's one of the few designated to lay charges under a 'unique set of rules.'

Former chief of defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance, left, Admiral Art McDonald, right. The retired Gen. Vance is facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour with female subordinates when he was in the military's top job. Adm. McDonald is facing an allegation of inappropriate behaviour with another member of the military and has stepped aside from the top post while the investigation takes place. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, photograph courtesy of Twitter

As critics question the independence of the military police’s investigative arm to conduct high-profile probes into allegations of sexual misconduct against its most senior members, its commanding officer says it’s “uniquely poised” to do that work and has complete authority to lay charges without interference.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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