Canadian Army officers with Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan at a homecoming ceremony at Halifax Stanfield International Airport on May 24, 2020 in Enfield, NS. (Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan)
OTTAWA—A reserve military officer who was ordered suspended from Vancouver Police three years ago for an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate, is no longer working for Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan.
Department spokesman Dan Le Boutillier said in an email Friday that Major Greg McCullough is no longer serving as military assistant to the Secretary of National Defense.
McCullough was hired in March 2020 to support Gentleman’s work in Vancouver, while an external investigation found him guilty in 2018 of two counts of misconduct for his relationship with Const. Nicole Chan, who later took her own life in January 2019.
Le Boutillier said McCullough is now serving with the Army Reserve in Vancouver on other duties.
Sajjan’s office has stated that the two men served together in the same Army reserve unit in B.C., but that the Army was responsible for recruiting him to the unique designation and that neither the minister nor his staff knew about McCullough’s past. I knew.
Sajjan has faced calls from the opposition to resign over his handling of sexual misconduct allegations involving senior commanders.
The prime minister has insisted that Sajjan, who has served as Trudeau’s sole defense minister since the liberals first took office in late 2015, is seeking to change the military culture and eradicate sexual misconduct and hatred. When it comes to this, he is the right person to lead the charge.
McCullough told The Canadian Press that the gentleman played no part in his hiring process.