OTTAWA — Defence Minister Jason Kenney has promised the creation of an independent body to deal with sexual misconduct in the military in the wake of doubt over the commitment of senior brass to deal with the problem.
Kenney made the pledge Wednesday in the House of Commons, nearly two weeks after a retired Supreme Court judge said an independent centre was “essential” for eliminating what she had identified as a “hostile” sexual environment in the Canadian Forces.
Senior military leaders had wavered on the idea of an independent centre. In March, Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson appointed the Canadian Forces’ top female officer, Maj.-Gen. Christine Whitecross, to study how the Australian, French and U.S. militaries handled sexual misconduct in their ranks.
Earlier this month, Lawson called the idea of an independent centre “unique” and “complex,” and suggested it was something “anyone within the chain of command would at first…
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