Sexual assault, fraud, incompetence, harassment: dozens of Global Affairs Canada employees fired and reprimanded

Sexual assault, fraud, incompetence, harassment: dozens of Global Affairs Canada employees fired and reprimanded
Sexual assault, fraud, incompetence, harassment: dozens of Global Affairs Canada employees fired and reprimanded

Sexual assault, fraud, incompetence, harassment: Global Affairs Canada (GAC) has fired 20 employees and reprimanded or suspended dozens of others for wrongdoing in the past year.

The 2023-2024 report on “misconduct” of all kinds from this important federal department counted 129 investigations launched after the filing of 290 complaints or allegations, on a total of 7,500 employees in the country and 6,000 elsewhere in the world.

In 94 cases, the complaints were deemed “founded” and led to administrative sanctions ranging from written reprimands for less serious acts to dismissal, reserved for sometimes downright criminal behavior.

Two people drugged and attacked

One of the most disturbing cases raised in the report is that of an AMC employee who allegedly committed a serious crime after attending a party at a foreign embassy without being invited.

“After the reception, it is alleged that the employee invited two local people, who were present at the reception, to an apartment and administered illicit drugs to them in their drink, then sexually assaulted them,” it is written. .

The case was transferred “to local law enforcement” and the employee was fired.

A handful of employees were reprimanded for “inappropriate advances and comments of a sexual nature.” A senior manager of the ministry who distributed “inappropriate” images in his professional network was even fired.

Fraud and company

Theft of time, theft of equipment, false invoices: the report reveals numerous employees here and elsewhere having abused the system.

One sold Canadian-owned vehicles at auction “at significantly below market value.” It turned out that the buyers were the employee’s brother and sister.

In the same vein, an employee had spare tires from a government vehicle installed on his personal vehicle. The latter received a simple verbal reprimand after having reimbursed the said tires.

A more serious case is that of a “diplomatic agent” who allowed the development of a commercial enterprise on land belonging to him in the host country without notifying the government.

Another shameless employee purchased electrical equipment with state money, justified it all to his superior with “false explanations,” then resold the equipment for a profit.

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