Em­bat­tled Sa­j­jan pulls out of fundraiser for vet­er­ans

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

De­fence Min­is­ter Har­jit Sa­j­jan is pulling out of an an­nual fundrais­ing event orig­i­nally set up for vet­er­ans of Afghanistan, an event whose main ben­e­fi­cia­ries in­clude mil­i­tary per­son­nel re­turn­ing from com­bat. Sa­j­jan was sup­posed to speak at the an­nual “To the ‘Stan and Back” event, but or­ga­nizer Cheri El­liott says she was told a sched­ul­ing con­flict had arisen and the de­fence min­is­ter would not be able to at­tend. The can­cel­la­tion comes with Sa­j­jan, a for­mer sol­dier, un­der sus­tained fire for hav­ing ex­ag­ger­ated his role in Op­er­a­tion Me­dusa, a key bat­tle in­volv­ing the Cana­dian Forces in Afghanistan in 2006.

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