Canada’s Sikh minister Harjit Sajjan racially abused by soldier

Toronto, Nov 12 (IANS) Canada’s newly appointed Sikh Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has become the target of racist attacks by someone in his own armed forces.

Reports said that a non-commissioned officer from the Canadian Forces Base at Valcartier near Quebec City targeted Sajjan in a racist comment on social media on November 5, just a day after Sajjan was sworn in as defence minister. The comment was later removed.

The Globe quoted an armed forces spokesperson as saying that bullies have no place in the army.

“Racist attitudes are not compatible with military ethos and with effective military service. Any conduct that reflects such attitudes will not be tolerated.

“The institution is entirely committed to the principle of equality of all people and the dignity and worth of every human being”, it said, and noted that “bullies have no place in the organisation”.

The Toronto Star reported that the military’s Chief Warrant Officer Kevin West sent an email to his troops on November 5, saying: “We have had an incident in which a high-ranking member of the military posted negative comments on a Facebook page about our minister.

“It’s totally unacceptable. We already deal with conduct problems on a daily bases in our ranks and it’s our duty, and that of our leaders, to put an end to it immediately. I was made aware of this incident and to say that I am mad is not the word.”

As per military rules, the offending officer can be relieved from the armed forces, suspended, put on probationary period or sent for counselling.

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