August 12, 2014 10:18 am

Witness set to testify in sexual assault court martial in Quebec

Until Canada starts treating the Armed Forces as a vital instrument of national policy, the Americans will have every right to wonder who their northern allies think they're kidding.

Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

QUEBEC — The alleged victim is set to testify Tuesday at a court martial for a Canadian soldier charged with sexual assault.

As the proceeding opened in Quebec City yesterday, warrant officer Andre Gagnon pleaded not guilty.

READ MORE: Canadian soldier pleads not guilty at court martial to sexual assault

He is charged with one count under Section 130 of the National Defence Act as well as sexual assault under the Criminal Code.

If found guilty, he faces a maximum of 10 years behind bars.

In the military hierarchy, Gagnon’s rank made him the superior to the alleged victim, a former corporal.

The offence allegedly happened in December 2011 during a party at or near the Regiment de la Chaudiere armoury in Levis, Quebec.

The trial is expected to last about one week.

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