Canadian military investigative officer publicly opposes COVID-19 measures – National

The Canadian Armed Forces said it was investigating after one of its officers appeared in a video speaking out against COVID-19 vaccine mission.

Major General Stephen Chledowski is the latest serving member of the Canadian military to speak out against government-ordered mandates and restrictions aimed at limiting the spread and severity of COVID-19.

A video of Chledowski in uniform surfaced on social media on Thursday, as hundreds of anti-vaccination protesters continued to occupy parts of downtown Ottawa and block border crossings in other areas. other areas of the country.

It also comes as hundreds of active-duty service members face the risk of being forced out of the Armed Forces for refusing to fire.

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Defense Department spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier confirmed Friday morning that the military was aware of the video and that what he described as “appropriate action” would be taken.

Le Bouthillier did not say what appropriate action might be, including whether criminal charges could be filed.

“We are investigating the incident and will take appropriate action,” Le Bouthillier said in a statement shared with Global News.

“These are difficult and stressful times for our country, and the Canadian Armed Forces are not immune to these stressors; However, a hallmark of our democracy is the principle that the military is accountable to our duly elected officials.”

Le Bouthillier said that “those who do not follow these principles undermine the very foundation of our institution,” and that “we must all be trusted to serve.”

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He added: “Any member of the armed forces who discredit the CAF through conduct or achievement, whether through actions or words, will be held accountable.

Last year, the military charged another officer with mutiny after he allegedly urged other members of the Canadian Armed Forces not to help distribute a COVID-19 vaccine.

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With files from Global News.

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Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: russellfalcon@interreviewed.com.

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