Ottawa, ON – James Bezan, Shadow Minister for National Defence, released a statement regarding the Trudeau government’s cover up of an extravagant and irresponsible $337,000 “party flight” for VIPs visiting Canadian troops:
“The Canadian Armed Forces is respected and recognized throughout the world. Whether at home or abroad, they are held to the highest standards of service and discipline. It is unacceptable that the Trudeau government covered up a disturbing party flight at the expense of the Canadian military.
“Minister Sajjan purports to champion Operation HONOUR, and yet his department withheld information that charges of sexual assault were laid against a VIP guest on the flight organized by his officials. In fact, senior officials were briefed on the excessive alcohol consumption and alleged sexual assault of a Canadian Armed Forces member that took place on this flight, but they downplayed the chaos to the media and the public.
“Today, at National Defence Committee, I asked Minister Sajjan directly why his department covered up the true cost of this VIP Party Flight and why they failed to disclose the sexual assault charge. Instead of responding to the question, he blamed the Access to Information system.
“The men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as the Canadian public have a right to know if Minister Sajjan or his staff approved the misleading statements that attempted to cover up this reckless trip. Conservatives will continue to demand answers to ensure that the Trudeau government is held to account.”