The Liberals are planning to put forward a motion that would wrap up a House of Commons defence committee investigating sexual misconduct allegations against Gen. Jonathan Vance by April 16, a notice of the motion obtained by Global News shows.
Several witnesses who are considered crucial to the investigation have yet to appear before the committee, which is probing sexual misconduct issues in the Canadian Armed Forces, including allegations raised against Vance. If passed, the motion would effectively shut down the committee before they can testify.
The list of key witnesses yet to testify include former PMO staffer Elder Marques, who was a senior adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office at the time the allegations were put forth against Vance.
Vance is accused of having a relationship with a woman he significantly outranked, and allegedly making a sexual comment to another soldier much younger than him in 2012, before he was appointed to his top role. He has denied all wrongdoing.
The notice of the motion calls on members to “send their drafting instructions and recommendations for the report to the Clerk by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16, 2021.”
The notice of the motion would also instruct committee members to “complete its review of the draft report and adopt the report not later than Friday, May 28, 2021.”
If the motion, set to be put forth by MP Anita Vandenbeld, carries, the report will be tabled in the House of Commons no later than June 10.
Global News has reached out to the PMO for comment, but did not immediately hear back.
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