Major-General Dany Fortin was formally charged Wednesday morning with sexual assault in connection with an event that allegedly occurred between January 1 and April 30, 1988.

The soldier arrived at around 9 a.m. at the Gatineau Police Service station on Boulevard des Carrières in the Hull sector, with his wife, Madeleine Collin, one of his lawyers, Me Philippe Morneau, and a press officer, Norbert Cyr.

The former head of COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Canada came out about twenty minutes later. He then spoke in front of a sea of ​​media present for the occasion.

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“Over the past three months, my family and I have lived through this nightmare of having no information about the allegation, the investigation or possible charges, despite repeated requests from my lawyers,” he said. man in a monotonous tone, visibly shaken.

Political calculation?

Major-General Fortin suggested that Acting Chief of Staff Wayne Eyre had mentioned to him that the decision to remove him on May 14 from his post with the Public Health Agency of Canada was the result of a political calculation.

“His statements are confirmed by his personal notes. I was removed from my post following instructions from the Minister of Health [Patty Hajdu]. It was even a journalist who informed me of the general nature of the allegation in the wake of my dismissal, ”he said during his speech held in front of the police station.

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For the soldier who served as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) during the war in Afghanistan and during the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq, this accusation comes as a “total surprise”.

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“Today I am fighting an invisible enemy. It’s the most difficult ordeal of my career, ”said the man with 36 years of service in the CAF.

Legal remedies

The man in his fifties now says he is obliged to pursue, reluctantly and at his own expense, two forms of legal recourse. In addition to defending the accusation against him on Wednesday, he also intends to ask the Federal Court to consider the lack of due process throughout this investigation.

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Major-General Dany Fortin is due to appear in court on September 20 at the Gatineau courthouse.



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