Federal government says it has no ‘duty of care’ to provide harassment-free workplace for military personnel

Military survivors of sexual assault are in shock after the federal government filed a motion to strike their class action lawsuit, claiming it did not owe a “duty of care… to provide a safe and harassment-free environment.”

The motion continues to say the government has no duty “to create policies to prevent sexual harassment or sexual assault which are already prohibited by the Canadian Human Rights Act…”

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Trudeau put justice department lawyers on notice, stating this argument was “of concern to me, and I’ve asked (Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould) to follow up with the lawyers to make sure that we argue things that are consistent with this government’s philosophy.”