Dedicated military team assembled to clear backlog of suicide investigations


OTTAWA – Defence Minister Rob Nicholson says the military has assembled a special team to clear the backlog of technical investigations into suicides within the ranks.

At last word, there were as many as 50 open files in various stages of completion, some dating back five years.

Nicholson says he’s expressed serious concerns to the country’s top military commander, Gen. Tom Lawson and told him to make the completion of the investigations a priority.

The minister spoke during a House of Commons debate on military mental health issues and the closure of veterans’ service offices.

The backlogged suicide investigations are technical reviews that examine whether military policy or practices contributed to the death in any way.

New Democrat veterans critic Peter Stoffer said the news is welcome, but wondered why it’s taken so long for the Conservative government to act, given that the backlog has been building for years.


Dedicated military team assembled to clear backlog of suicide investigations

  1. Do you ever notice the people who make cutbacks like on a mental patients war vets later on come out and fight for them as election is next year for them why do it in the first place they are so busy trying to make cutbacks do you really think the value of life matters to any of them cut back on hospitals factories leaving let me know when they really care about the Canadian citizens hack here in Hamilton Ontario there is only one bingo hall for a million citizen to go to talk about your cutbacks don’t worry it’s going to take about another 10 or 12 more people that died before they really get anything or anyone else activate and speaker Phil Ryerson

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