OTTAWA — Canada’s sports activities minister has ordered a forensic audit of Hockey Canada after the group not too long ago settled a lawsuit with a lady who alleged she was sexually assaulted by a number of members of Canada’s 2018 world junior hockey workforce.
Pascale St-Onge mentioned she was “shocked and indignant” and mentioned an investigation will probably be carried out to make sure public funds weren’t utilized in an out-of-court settlement to “cowl up” the story.
TSN was the primary to report on the lawsuit.
The plaintiff, recognized as “E.M.” in court docket information, claimed she was repeatedly assaulted whereas intoxicated in a London, Ont. lodge room in 2018 following a Hockey Canada occasion honouring the gold medal-winning junior workforce.
The girl, now 24, was searching for $3.55 million in damages.
Particulars of the settlement weren’t launched.
Not one of the allegations in opposition to the gamers have been confirmed in court docket.
Bloc Québécois MP Sébastien Lemire, who launched Thursday’s movement within the Home of Commons calling for an investigation, mentioned he was “outraged” by the allegations.
“How will we study (about this) 4 years after the very fact?” he requested. “Have we coated up prices of intercourse scandal allegations involving Hockey Canada gamers?”
St-Onge mentioned Canadians should know the reality.
In an announcement launched on Might 26, Hockey Canada mentioned the plaintiff selected to not communicate with the each the police and Hockey Canada’s unbiased investigator.
The group additionally mentioned the lady didn’t need to determine the gamers concerned.
“This was her proper and we totally respect her needs,” the assertion mentioned.
The Nationwide Hockey League additionally launched an investigation into the allegations.
“We’ll endeavour to find out the underlying info and, to the extent this will contain gamers who at the moment are within the NHL, we are going to decide what motion, if any, could be applicable,” the league mentioned in assertion.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed June 2, 2022.