Military bans uniforms from civilian trials following Fortin criticism

Major General Dany Fortin (right) and his wife Madeleine Collin arrive in Gatineau, Quebec. Courthouse, Tuesday, October 25, 2022. Canadian Press/Spencer Colby

Military bans uniforms from civilian trials after Fortin criticism

Exception for troops representing the armed forces in court

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces are prohibited from wearing military uniform during civilian trials.

The Armed Forces today issued an order to that effect, saying the ban will come into effect on December 1.

The exception is troops representing the armed forces in court.

The military did not specify a reason for the rule change, but Defense Department spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier said the move followed concerns from survivors of sexual misconduct in September.

That’s the major general. Dany Fortin, the former head of the government’s COVID-19 vaccine campaign, caused an outcry when he appeared in a civil court wearing a uniform while on trial for sexual assault.

Fortin has maintained his innocence, and a judge is scheduled to issue a verdict in the case on Dec. 5.

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