Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Military-Ceremony-Incident

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Military-Ceremony-Incident

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HALIFAX - Canada's top soldier is condemning the actions of a group of Armed Forces members who disrupted a Canada Day ceremony honouring the suffering of Indigenous Peoples at a statue of Halifax's controversial founder, Edward Cornwallis.

General Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, calls the incident "deplorable" and says the men involved will be removed from training and duties while the incident is investigated, adding, "their future in the military is certainly in doubt."

In his statement last night, Vance also offered an apology to the Indigenous community, saying what happened in Halifax does not represent the "women and men who serve our country."

The men -- who witnesses say approached the ceremony singing "God Save the Queen" -- said there were members of the Proud Boys, a self-declared group of "Western Chauvinists," who say they are tired of apologizing for progress. …

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