PARLIAMENT VOTES TO CENSURE DEFENCE MINISTER SAJJAN IN SYMBOLIC VOTE

Jun 18, 2021

By Jane Brown

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A motion has passed in the House of Commons targeting the Defence Minister.

Brought forward by the Erin O’Toole Conservatives, the Thursday night vote to censure Harjit Sajjan passed by a vote of 169-151.

Sajjan has been under heavy criticism since former military ombudsman Gary Walbourne revealed that he first flagged an allegation of sexual misconduct involving then-defence chief Jonathan Vance to the minister in March of 2018.

While Sajjan, backed by the Trudeau Liberals, says he followed all proper procedures, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole accuses the minister of consistently failing victims of sexual misconduct in the military.

He also alleges Sajjan misled Canadians about his military service and the need to buy second-hand fighter jets from Australia, and oversaw the failed prosecution of retired vice-admiral Mark Norman.

The Conservative motion is symbolic, and O’Toole says it will ultimately be up to voters in Sajjan’s Vancouver riding to decide whether he should continue to serve in Parliament.

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