Canada’s opposition demands defence minister Harjit Sajjan’s resignation


harjit-sajjanjpgCanada’s defence minister Harjit Sajjan is again in news but for all the wrong reasons this time. Canada’s opposition on May 1 has asked the Indian-origin minister to step down from the post or get ready to be sacked.

Though the defence minister has repeatedly apologised in the Parliament for calling himself the “architect” of Operation Medusa, the opposition is in no mood to accept his apology.

The incident occurred as the decorated former military intelligence officer, while in India last month has claimed to be the “architect” of Canada’s largest military operation in Afghanistan.

While recalling that Sajjan made a similar claim in 2015, Rona Ambrose, leader of the opposition Tories said, “It’s come to light that the minister of defense has misled Canadians once again and it’s a big one.”

“How can the prime minister allow him to remain as minister of defense when he continually misstates the facts?” she added.

“That is not something you apologize for, it’s something you have to step down for,” he leader of the third-ranked New Democratic Party, Tom Mulcair.

However, as reported Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stood by his minister even when he is being accused of “stolen valor” incident – falsely claiming war experiences or military honours not earned.