April 24, 2005

Not Surprised .....

It has been said before and it is said again. The Canadian Forces are not interested in justice, just interested in protecting the higher ranks:
http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/OttawaSun/News/2005/04/24/1010312-sun.html
Another military watchdog quits

By STEPHANIE RUBEC, Parliamentary Bureau
A power struggle with Defence Minister Bill Graham has provoked the military’s acting ombudsman to resign just weeks into her job. Barbara Finlay, who was appointed acting ombudsman by Graham when Andre Marin resigned April 1, stepped down last week.
Spokeswoman Barbara Theobalds said Finlay quit after she received a letter from Graham April 14 confirming her appointment and asking that she forward sensitive complaints to the minister’s office.
WANTS ‘FULL AUTHORITY’
Theobalds noted that Marin was not subject to the constraint, adding the rule means if the ombudsman’s office receives more than one complaint on a sensitive topic, Graham has to vet it before an investigation is launched.
“What she wants is the full authority of an ombudsman,” Theobalds said.
Finlay has resumed her former position as the ombudsman’s director general of operations — leaving the office charged with resolving soldiers’ complaints without a boss.
Graham spokeswoman Isabelle Savard said Finlay remains the acting ombudsman in the government’s eyes and denied the minister wants to vet any investigations.
Savard said Graham only wishes to view sensitive investigations after Finlay completes them but before they’re made public — a practice started by her predecessor.
The ombudsman’s office and federal lawyers are expected to meet shortly to try to settle the feud.

Lets think about this, who do I believe? The Ombuds or the Politican who is part of the higher ranks.. (and is part of the Paul Martin government…..)
this is hard…. if this were what the Minister’s office says it is, do you think she would have resigned?
The story has been picked up in other places on the blogosphere
Small Dead Animals
Polspy
CounterFactual