Canadian PM Trudeau rejects calls for Harjit Sajjan’s resignation

Ottawa, May 2: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has rebuffed resignation calls for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan over his “architect comments for a 2006 offensive against the Taliban, media reports said.
Trudeau and his embattled minister endured a withering question-period offensive on Monday as opposition MPs accused Sajjan of “stolen valour” for overstating his role in planning Operation Medusa in Afghanistan, The Toronto Star. Opposition parties trained their sights squarely on Sajjan, who apologised again in the House of Commons. The Operation Medusa was one of the bloodiest and most pivotal battles of the Afghan war.
Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose called it a “cardinal sin” in the military circles for stealing valours of others.
“How much more does the Prime Minister need to hear before he understands why our men and women in uniform have lost confidence in the Minister,” Ambrose said.
Trudeau, however, would not be moved from his talking points. “The Minister made a mistake,” the Prime Minister said repeatedly. “He acknowledged his responsibility and apologised for it; that’s what Canadians expect when one makes a mistake,” The Toronto Sun reported. Agencies