Written Questions and Private Members’ Business
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Written questions on sexual misconduct, diversity, and women in the Canadian Armed Forces
Order Paper Questions (OPQs)
Q-347 – February 20, 2020 – Mr. Duvall (Hamilton Mountain) – With regard to harassment complaints, workplace violence complaints, and disclosures of wrongdoing related to harassment and discrimination in federal organizations (departments, agencies, Crown corporations, etc.), between fiscal year 2011-12 and 2018-19, broken down by federal organization, by fiscal year, and for each type of complaint mentioned: (a) how many decisions were made by the organization without conducting an initial assessment; (b) how many complaints were dismissed; and (c) how many complaints were accepted?
Questions Taken on Notice (QTONs) – NDDN
QTON 43.2-02 – October 26, 2020 – James Bezan (Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman) – Also, I've been somewhat concerned for some time now that the military justice system is somewhat backlogged and at a stalemate because military judges are not hearing any cases.
Of course, the Jordan principle comes into play where justice delayed is justice denied. I'm wondering how many cases revolve around sexual misconduct and that we have members of the armed forces who have their charges dropped because they haven't been processed through the military justice system in an expedient amount of time. I'm curious as to what those numbers are. Ultimately, how is that impacting on the morale of female members in the Canadian Armed Forces?
QTON 43.2-03 – October 26, 2020 – James Bezan (Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman) – BGen Bourgon, you had mentioned that there had already been a 134 members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have been released because of sexual misconduct and the role of Operation HONOUR. Can you tell me whether or not those were discharged honourably or dishonourably?
Senate Written Questions (SWs)
SW-22 – September 23, 2020 – With respect to the Department of National Defence:
The mandate letter for the Minister of National Defence instructs the Minister to: “Continue to improve support for the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces and to ensure a workplace characterized by professionalism, inclusion and valuing diversity: Work with senior leaders of the Canadian Armed Forces to establish and maintain a workplace free from harassment and discrimination; Create a new $2,500 tax-free benefit every time a military family relocates, to help with retraining, recertification and other costs of finding new work; and Achieve the goal of 25 per cent of Canadian Armed Forces members being women by 2026”.
- Can the Minister please outline the status of each of the components of this initiative?
- What is the current percentage of women in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) at present? What are the targets for each year up to 2026?
- Within the 25% overall target, have sub-targets been set for the employment of women in the various elements of the CAF, including the combat arms? What are those targets?
- What measures are being taken to ensure that targets are being met on an annual basis?
- Have training or operational standards, or practices, in any element of the CAF been adjusted in any way to facilitate meeting the set targets? If so, please explain the specific nature of the adjustments that have been made?
- Could the Minister please outline each of the recruitment objectives for every designated group? What is the current level of designated group membership in the CAF at the present time? What are the targets for each year up to 2026?
Private Members’ Business
Mr. Yves Robillard – Marc-Aurèle-Fortin – LPC
- Motion 58 – January 21, 2021 – Mr. Robillard (Marc-Aurèle-Fortin) – That:
the House recognize that gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) is an analytical process that provides a rigorous methodology for assessing systemic inequalities, as well as a means to determine how diverse groups of women, men, and gender diverse people may experience policies, programs and initiatives; and
- (b) in the opinion of the House, the government should direct the Department of National Defence to implement GBA+ to meet recruitment and retention targets for under-represented groups.
- Yves Robillard is currently #44 on the list of consideration of Private Members’ Business.
- Next replenishment for Private Members’ Business will be on February 22, 2021.
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