Court ordered review of peacekeeper's case still grinding through DND 2 years later

Court ordered review of peacekeeper's case still grinding through DND 2 years later
From CBC - September 17, 2017

Canada's former top soldier inHaiti, whowas tossed into legal limbo two years ago, said he has no intention of giving up his battle for an apology over the way he was stripped of command and brought home under a cloud of scandal.

"I wo not let it go, that's for sure," retired colonel BernardOuellette told CBC News. "They were wrong from the beginning. They have not wanted to admit they were wrong."

It was Oct.2015 when a Federal Court ordered the country's chief of defence staff to take another look at the way Ouellette was treated by his superiors.

He was relieved of his duties seven years ago in Port au Prince, Haiti, on the basis of rumours he was having an affair with a female UN staffer working under his direction.

Ouellette was booted from his command as chief of staff to the United Nations Stabilization Missionin Haiti even though a military police investigation failed to establish any basis for the allegation.

At the time, Ouellette allowed his assistant to stay in his quarters after the 2010 earthquake destroyed her accommodations. The two were also often seen together.

He complained that superiors, notably the chief of defence staff at the time, Gen. Walt Natynczyk, acted in an arbitrary manner.

Ouellettetreated badly: court

The Military Grievances External Review Committee, in 2011, ruled his removal was unjustified and said it was aghast at the way he was treated.

The independent agency, set up to ensure unbiased disciplinary decisions are made, said the former rising star within the army was never given a chance to defend himself, nor told about all of the allegations against him.

It recommended an apology and a plan to publicly restore his reputation.

Natynczyk's successor, Gen. Tom Lawson, objected to the recommendations and refused to overturn the original actions, something which prompted Ouellette to go to Federal Court.

No end in sight


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