Canada’s Defence Minister Sajjan racially abused by fellow officer

INTERhsajjanHarjit Sajjan Defence Minister of Canada has become a target of racist attacks by an officer in his own armed forces.

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

One armed forces spokesperson was quoted as saying bullies have no place in the army.Racist attitudes are incompatible with military ethos and any conduct that reflects such attitudes will not be tolerated. Bullies have no place in the organisation.

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