|Chairperson Selection Process
- Term of the former Chairperson ended on October 4, 2021;
- A process to identify a replacement started in January 2021 and is currently
- The current Interim Chairperson is only able to act as the Chairperson on a part time basis.
- This could cause continuity issues in the Leadership of complaint investigations.
- 3rd Independent National Defence Act Review (by former Supreme Court Justice Fish) completed in June 2021.
- Previous reviews were 2011 and 2003.
- Justice Fish validated many concerns raised by the MPCC over the years, and called for action to strengthen Military Police oversight.
- Government accepted all recommendations in principle.
- MPCC is already working closely with the Department of National Defence/Canadian
Armed Forces stakeholders to implement the Review recommendations.
- Involves alleged mistreatment of Afghan detainees by MP members during training, and the
ensuing Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) investigation,
which resulted in no charges being laid.
- After an extensive investigation, the MPCC determined that the CFNIS investigation
was adequate and the decision not to lay charges was reasonable.
- In addition to various recommendations for the CFPM, the MPCC made a special
recommendation to the MND which called on the Minister to assist the MPCC in gaining legislative changes necessary to improve our access to relevant
- Final Report issued 2 Sept 2021. Will be reissued once we receive the MND’s response
to the MPCC’s recommendation.
- Involved historical allegations of torture and abuse
of Canadian Forces trainees during battle school training in 1984.
- Mr. Beamish complained about the handling of the 2016 CFNIS investigation into these events.
- MPCC investigation determined that the abuse of the trainees did occur, but the
decision to end the investigation without charges was reasonable, given the low
probability of a conviction.
- MPCC’s Final Report of 31 Aug 2021 included recommendation to MND to facilitate enhanced MPCC access to solicitor-client
privileged, and personal, information.
- Report will be reissued after MND’s response to the MPCC’s recommendation is received.