On April 29, 2021, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, announced the launch of an independent external comprehensive review of current policies, procedures, programs, practices, and culture within the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Department of National Defence (DND).
Media are invited to view the live stream of an update provided by the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Anita Vandenbeld, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Defence, addressing sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, announced that the Government of Canada is extending Operation NEON until April 30, 2023.
The Royal Canadian Air Force’s Directorate of Flight Safety, as the Airworthiness Investigative Authority for the Canadian Armed Forces, has issued the final report in relation to the fatal parachute accident on June 17, 2019 during Exercise SWIFT RESPONSE in Bulgaria, which claimed the life of Bombardier Patrick Labrie, from the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery based at Garrison Petawawa.
Her Majesty’s Canadian ships (HMCS) Brandon and Saskatoon, in partnership with embarked United States Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachments (LEDET) 103 and 108, seized 1,120 kg of cocaine and 100 lbs of marijuana during drug interdictions in the eastern Pacific Ocean on March 21 and 23, 2021.
As identified in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Asia-Pacific region is increasingly important to Canadian security and prosperity. Canada is committed to being a reliable partner in the region and upholding the rules-based international order.