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Conservatives call on Trudeau to fire senior adviser over military sexual misconduct scandal

Conservatives call on Trudeau to fire senior adviser over military sexual misconduct scandal

The federal Conservatives set a political milestone today by calling on the Prime Minister to fire his top adviser on how his government has handled the crisis of sexual misconduct in the military.

Opposition Leader Erin O’Toole said today his party has brought forward a motion in the House of Commons – which will be debated tomorrow – calling for the removal of Katie Telford, the Prime Minister’s chief of staff.

This is the latest turn in a crisis that erupted three months ago, when allegations of inappropriate behavior involving the country’s former top military commander – retired General Jonathan Vance – surfaced in the media.

An allegation of misconduct involving Vance was reported to the Prime Minister’s Office and the Privy Council Office in early 2018.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said while his staff were aware of the 2018 allegation, they were not aware of the details until the reports were released. More recently, he said Telford was unaware that this was a “#MeToo” allegation.

WATCH: O’Toole calls on Trudeau to fire his top adviser

Erin O’Toole has called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fire his chief of staff Katie Telford over how a complaint against Canada’s top general was handled. 1:03

Tories say they find this hard to believe and have pushed Telford to call before the Commons Defense Committee, which is looking to find out who in the Liberal government knew what and when about the Vance allegation .

“We call on the Prime Minister to act and fire his chief of staff,” O’Toole said today. “It’s time for Justin Trudeau to stop hiding the truth from Canadians and take responsibility for actions in his own office.”

The motion will be the focus of opposition day debate on Tuesday.

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