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Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin opts for trial by Quebec judge only in sexual assault case

Major General Dany Fortin listens to a question during a news conference Tuesday January 5, 2021 in Ottawa. Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

The senior military officer once tasked with overseeing Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination drive is opting to have his sexual assault case tried by a Quebec judge without a jury present.

A lawyer for Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin announced the decision during a brief hearing in a Gatineau courtroom this morning.

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Fortin was removed from his position on the vaccine campaign in May and was charged with one count of sexual assault in August.

He is fighting for reinstatement to his former role with the Public Health Agency of Canada alleging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other senior members of the Liberal government turfed him for purely political reasons.

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A Federal Court judge tossed out his request for reinstatement in October but Fortin is appealing.

His lawyer, Natalia Rodriguez, says an appeal concerning his reinstatement is expected to go to a panel hearing in the spring.

His criminal case is expected back in court Friday.

 

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