Gang rape alleged: Ottawa freezes payment of millions of dollars to Hockey Canada

Alleged gang rape: Ottawa freezes payment of millions of dollars to Hockey Canada

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The Government of Canada has decided to freeze millions of dollars in funding to Hockey Canada until the organization establishes a partnership with a new federal agency with the power to receive and investigate complaints of abuse and impose sanctions.

This was indicated by the Federal Minister of Sports, Pascale St-Onge, during an interview with the TSN network held on Wednesday.

This declaration comes two days after the testimonies of the senior leaders of Hockey Canada before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage in the House of Commons. It all concerned the out-of-court settlement of a lawsuit brought by a woman who alleged she was sexually assaulted by eight Junior Team Canada players in 2018.

“It's about changing a deeply rooted culture, it's not just about band-aid solutions,” said Minister St-Onge.

“I will use all the tools at my disposal to make sure people are held accountable for what happens in the hockey world.”

Recently, Hockey Canada requested $2.2 million from the Canadian government to help it recover from the effects of COVID-19. This money will not be allocated until the federation meets the demands of the political authorities.

Hockey Canada has received approximately $14 million in grants from the federal government over the past last two years.

Troubling revelation

During testimony on Monday, CEO Scott Smith declined to discuss two other company complaints. sexual assault that are currently under investigation by Hockey Canada. He also indicated that his organization receives two or three complaints of sexual assault per year.

“This is the most disturbing revelation that we have heard, expressed St-Onge. To me, that can't be the status quo for Hockey Canada, one of the strongest sports organizations in Canada. This culture can no longer be protected.”

Furthermore, the QMI Agency has learned that the Bloc Québécois will table a motion in the House to launch an independent investigation into Hockey Canada's handling of the situation.< /p>

This should be supported by all parties.