Military ombudsman calls for independence amid misconduct crisis, Election speculation & India declares new variant to be of concern

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The country's military ombudsman has fired a broadside at the Liberal government, accusing the defence minister's office and the Department of National Defence of trying to "exert control" over investigations and ignoring recommendations for change.

Gregory Lick's blistering criticism is contained in a position paper released today — prompted by the ongoing investigations into sexual misconduct in the military.

"The collective actions or, in some cases, the inaction of senior political, military and civilian leadership within the government have eroded trust within the defence community," he said.

Lick is calling for the ombudsman's office to be made entirely independent by allowing it to report directly to Parliament — not the minister's office.

GUEST: Christian Leuprecht, Professor at both the Royal Military College of Canada and Queen's University, and a Fellow at the Macdonald Laurier Institute

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The Liberals have accused Parliament of becoming toxic to its minority agenda while the Opposition Conservatives say Canada’s institutions are broken under the Trudeau government — finger-pointing that fuels growing speculation voters could soon head to the polls.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his ministers are calling out Conservatives for using procedural delay tactics to stop votes from happening on outstanding pieces of legislation, which time is ticking on to pass before the House of Commons breaks for summer on Wednesday.

Trudeau said parliament has become a place of ‘toxicity and obstructionism’, fueling speculation of a fall election.

Are they gearing up for a federal vote?

GUEST: Richard Brennan, Former Journalist with The Toronto Star covering Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill

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At home, Prime Minister Trudeau is giving us reason to be optimistic about the reopening of the country and our borders -- but worldwide, the pandemic continues. Now there are reports from India of a variant on an already existing variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19: it has been dubbed the "delta plus" variant, and although details are sparse at the moment, it is a reminder that we are all in this together, and the pandemic is not over.

GUEST: Dionne Aleman, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Director, Medical Operations Research Lab at the University of Toronto

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