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May 02, 2017 06:09
Defense Minister on Fire for overstating his military record

Opposition parties on Monday called for the resignation of Defense Minister Harijit Sajjan for overstating his military record in Afghanistan during a speech in his visit to India.

Minister Sajjan, who is a decorated former military intelligence officer, mistakenly claimed last month to have been the “architect" the largest military operation since the 1950s, known as Operation Medusa.

The 2006 operation delivered a huge blow to terrorist group Tabilan, which resulted in loosening its grip on Kandahar province. But during the operation a dozen Canadian and 14 British soldiers lost their lives.

The leader of the opposition Tories, Rona Ambrose said: "It's come to light that the minister of defense has misled Canadians once again and it's a big one." Recalling that Sajjan made a similar claim while campaigning in 2015.

"How can the prime minister allow him to remain as minister of defense when he continually misstates the facts?" she added.

The leader of third-ranked New Democratic Party, Tom Mulcair said that it was a “whopper” of lie to raise his own profile.

"That is not something you apologize for, it's something you have to step down for," he said.

Minister Sajjan, apologized in the House of Commons for falsely claiming war experiences or military honors not earned, while PM Justin Trudeau stood by Sajjan.

Trudeau said, the minister made a mistake. "He acknowledged it and apologized for it. That's what Canadians expect.

"This minister has served his country in many capacities as a police officer, as a soldier, and now as a minister. And he has my full confidence," he added.

Sajjan wishes to retract the inflated claims. "I, in no way would like to diminish the great work that my former superiors and our soldiers have done on operations, and I'm truly sorry for it," Sajjan said on Monday.

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