Feds face calls to be more transparent about Fortin's departure, as replacement expected soon

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The federal government faced new calls Monday to be more transparent with Canadians about Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin's departure, with ministers taking questions about the matter in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's absence. Now, with the vaccine rollout in a pivotal moment without a logistical lead, Fortin's replacement could be named imminently.
OTTAWA -- The federal government faced new calls Monday to be more transparent with Canadians about Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin's departure, with ministers taking questions about the matter in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's absence.

Now, with the vaccine rollout in a pivotal moment without a logistical lead, Fortin's replacement could be named imminently.

On Friday, the Department of National Defence announced in a brief statement that Fortin would be stepping away from his role overseeing the delivery and distribution of COVID-19 vaccine doses across the country, "pending the results of a military investigation."

As CTV News has exclusively reported, according to sources, Fortin is facing a sexual misconduct claim against him that dates back more than 30 years.

It has been three days since Fortin left his position, and his replacement has yet to be announced. With Canada set to receive and distribute 4.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines this week, opposition MPs say they'll be watching closely to ensure that the distribution process isn't impacted by this shake up.

Sources tell CTV News that Fortin's replacement could be named as early as tomorrow, with officials usually holding weekly vaccine rollout updates on Thursdays. While the plans are still being finalized, sources have said that the PMO is not concerned that the ongoing military investigation will hinder the mass vaccination effort, with systems in place to ensure vaccines continue to get where they need to go.

Fortin had been the public face of Canada's vaccine rollout since November, holding the title of vice-president of logistics and operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada's "National Operations Centre." At the time Fortin was named to that post, the agency said he would be joined by a team of nearly 30 members of the Canadian Armed Forces including operational planners, pharmacists, health-care administrators, engineers, and IT experts.

This included Brig.-Gen. Simon Bernard and…
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