|Provost Marshal testifying |
at MPCC Public Interest Hearing
The unexpected and unprecedented Provost Marshal's policy NOT to allow public disclosure of its Notice of Action has been the subject of a strong public rebuke in the Canadian media. See: Article in Canada's national Newspaper: The Ottawa Citizen
The MPCC is a body created in 1999 by Part IV of the National Defence Act. It is tasked with providing independent civilian oversight with respect to conduct and interference complaints filed against the Military Police.
In the case at hand, the MPCC has been investigating no less than 32 conduct complaints filed by Mr. and Mrs. Fynes, the parents of the late Corporal Stuart Langridge (a veteran of the Bosnia and Afghanistan missions) who committed suicide on March 15, 2008 while serving with Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) [LDSH (RC)] Regiment in Edmonton, Alberta. The complaints were filed by the Fyneses in January 2011.
The MPCC public interest hearing took place in 2012 and 2013, It heard 90 witnesses over 60 days of hearings. As required by law, an MPCC Interim Report was issued last May. Also as required by law, the Provost Marshal gave notice to the MPCC of any action taken or that will be taken with respect to the the complaints and the MPCC findings and recommendations. Upon receipt of the Notice of Action late last Fall, the MPCC prepared its Final Report setting out its findings and recommendations.
Publication of the Final Report, including the Notice of Action, ensures that the parties and the public are aware whether the Provost Marshal accepts the MPCC's findings and recommendations and what actions, if any, the Provost Marshal proposes to take to implement the recommendations.