Mr. Speaker, the shredding of Somalia documents by officers at national defence is further evidence of cover-up but this is only the latest incident to plague the defence minister.
February: The minister describes his chief of staff's pronouncement that Canada is not prepared to fight as "consistent with government policy".
January: Somalia investigator has files stolen and is threatened with action for charging that generals who impeded the investigation acted inappropriately. Somalia commission expresses concern that DND lawyers were intimidating potential witnesses.
April 1995: Public affairs director general breaks the minister's gag order to disparage a confidential autopsy report.
March 1995: The minister replaces the Somalia commissioner Anne Doyle because of conflict of interest charges saying he should have been better informed.
January 1995: Video shows airborne soldiers making racist remarks to Somalis and engaging in hazing rituals. The defence minister ignores advice from officials and disbands the regiment in an act of political expediency.