General surveillance of vaccination campaign urges military and society to be better
OTTAWA – The military officer asked to manage Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign used his first public appearance in his new role to call on the military – and Canadians in general – to strive to be better. Brig.-Gen.
OTTAWA – The military officer asked to manage Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign used his first public appearance in his new role to call on the military – and Canadians in general – to strive to be better.
Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie said she was thrilled and honored to be asked to take over, which involved overseeing the administration and distribution of millions of doses of vaccine each week.
At the same time, she said, “in these times there are many, many things that we need to do within the Canadian Armed Forces and within society at large to make sure that our behaviors, our attitudes, our beliefs harmonize with the best. the values of the profession, align with the values and ethical principles that we defend as Canadians. “
She went on to urge all Canadians to “do whatever it takes to move these efforts forward to ensure that we are the best Canadians we can be in all aspects of our lives.”
The government appointed Brodie to lead the vaccination campaign on Monday after the general who previously oversaw the effort, the Major-General. Dany Fortin was suddenly sidelined on Friday.
Military police have since confirmed that they are investigating an allegation of sexual misconduct involving Fortin, with the Quebec prosecutor’s office currently deliberating on whether to lay charges.
Fortin’s lawyer said his client categorically denies any wrongdoing.
Brodie has served 32 years in uniform, including stays in Croatia, Bosnia and Afghanistan, and has extensive logistics experience.
Previously, she had worked with Fortin on the vaccination campaign after her assignment in that position in November, but had quit for another job earlier this year before being drafted to replace it.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 20, 2021.
Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press