Letter: Canadians need to have answers from Hockey Canada, Saskatoon MP writes

These allegations raised lots of questions. Who committed the assault? Were being they disciplined? Was there an investigation? Where did the settlement funds occur from? How lots of situations has this took place?

The Property of Commons Heritage Committee remains seized with these questions as we examine.

Regrettably, Hockey Canada has been less than co-operative.

When we referred to as officers from Hockey Canada to testify, we read 50 percent-truths, denials, defensiveness and vanity. They tried to dodge accountability and doubled down on their steps.

When interim Hockey Canada chair Andrea Skinner was questioned to give the board of administrators a grade for their handling of the scandal, she gave them an A.

We know now that the alleged sufferer in the 2018 circumstance was paid thousands and thousands of bucks and the allegations ended up lined up, not just by Hockey Canada but by Sport Canada. Activity Canada, a federal government agency, was manufactured aware of these allegations in June 2018.

The sport minister at the time did practically nothing. Activity Canada stood idly by, complicit in sweeping these abuse allegations under the rug for virtually four a long time. Only when pressed by Conservatives did the governing administration eventually act.

And, while Hockey Canada has assured that no govt funding was used in the 2018 settlement, we know now that a part of registration service fees paid out by Canadians to enrol their kids in hockey programs observed their way into slush funds established up by Hockey Canada to include the value of the sexual assault allegations.

Cash intended to fund hockey programming was currently being applied to cover up sexual assault. That is unacceptable.

Hockey Canada’s reaction to this scandal (and other individuals like it) usually means that there are very likely individuals living their dream in the Countrywide Hockey League who have not been held accountable for functions of sexual assault.

Activity Canada’s lack of any reaction at all has intended no accountability for those who coated up these allegations and no justice for the victim.

Canadians are rightly outraged, and they are worthy of answers.

But now, as a lot more specifics keep on to arise, sponsors are dropping their endorsements and some provincial hockey federations are refusing to shell out Hockey Canada their registration expenses.

Hockey Canada was deaf to our committee’s criticisms probably they will hear them now that their sponsors are backing absent. Revenue talks.

Kevin Waugh, MP for Saskatoon – Grasswood

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