Statement from the Commander of Military Personnel Command 


May 25, 2018 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Lieutenant-General Charles Lamarre, Commander of Military Personnel Command today issued the following statement:

“All members of the Canadian Armed Forces must act with the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, honour, courage, and stewardship of the profession of arms. Anything less is simply unacceptable and detracts from our effectiveness.

“A recent situation in which three officer cadets from Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean are alleged to have shown disrespect to the Qur'an falls far below this standard. Due process will be applied, and those found to be responsible for this vile act, will be held accountable for their actions.

“Let there be no doubt in anyone’s mind: if these allegations are proven to be true, these repugnant acts must and will be condemned in the strongest terms, and I know that in this regard I speak for the entire Canadian Armed Forces.

“We are a diverse and inclusive force. We reflect the Canadian mosaic; diversity is our strength. We demand the best of those who serve, as Canadians rightly demand the best of us.”

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