Dany Fortin says his ‘profession appears to be over’ after his removal from vaccine campaign
The navy officer who beforehand oversaw Canada’s vaccine rollout campaign says his status has been “irreparably tarnished” by the federal government’s choice to abruptly exchange him in May and publicly reveal he was being investigated for sexual misconduct.
Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin’s assertion is contained in an affidavit sworn final week however solely publicly revealed on Thursday as a part of his authorized battle to reverse his dismissal from the Public Health Agency of Canada, which he alleges was improper and politically motivated.
Fortin was eliminated from the vaccine rollout on May 14, simply 5 days earlier than the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service referred a sexual misconduct investigation to the Quebec prosecution service to decide whether or not legal costs ought to be laid.
Through his attorneys, Fortin has denied any wrongdoing.
Fortin’s attorneys filed an software final month with the Federal Court searching for an expedited judicial evaluation of the choice to hearth him from his posting at PHAC, asking for the choice be quashed and for his reinstatement on the company or one other place.
In the affidavit sworn on July 13, Fortin says the affect on his “reputation and career” of the choice to take away him and reveal the misconduct investigation “has been devastating.”
Fortin says he obtained an exemplary efficiency evaluation solely three days earlier than he was eliminated from the vaccine campaign and was “at the peak” of his profession, with expectations of a promotion or different alternative upon ending his job with PHAC.
However, he says, due to the choice to take away him, “I have no assignment, although I remain a member of the CAF. As far as I know, I am not being considered for any positions and I appear to have been bypassed for promotion. Currently, my career appears to be over.”
Fortin additionally took subject with the federal government’s choice to reveal the investigation into his conduct.
“The reputation I have built up over the course of three decades of service to my country has been irreparably tarnished by the decision to announce publicly an investigation into my alleged conduct, exacerbated by the fact that the announcement lacked the context that the investigation relates to a single allegation of misconduct dating back over 30 years,” the affidavit says.
Fortin’s lawyer Natalia Rodriguez stated the affidavit has been sworn and served to Attorney General David Lametti, however is not going to be filed in courtroom till September.
“We are providing it to you ahead of schedule in the interests of openness and transparency,” she stated in an e-mail. “We understand there is significant public interest in this case and we want to provide the public with as much information as we can with respect to the issues raised in this application.”
Asked to remark Thursday, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s spokesperson Daniel Minden stated: “As this is an ongoing legal matter, it would be inappropriate for us to comment at this time.”