Fund block | Hockey Canada contrite, then new hearings in July


The day after the federal government stopped funding Hockey Canada, the National Hockey Federation said it got the message. A few hours later, we learned that new invitations to appear before the parliamentary heritage committee were scheduled for July 26 and 27.

Updated yesterday at 5:21 pm

Nicola Riccardo

Nicola Riccardo
The print

Crushed by an alleged gang rape scandal, Hockey Canada has struggled to stay afloat since its hearing before the Parliamentary Heritage Committee earlier this week.

Therefore, Sports Minister Pascale St-Onge announced Wednesday that the organization will no longer be eligible for federal funds, until further notice. The minister spoke of “deficient, inappropriate and obsolete leadership” to explain her government’s decision.

On Thursday, 24 hours later, Hockey Canada responded by saying it intends to work in the right direction to regain the trust of the Ministry: “We are deeply involved and are actively working to forge a sporting culture in which everyone must feel included and safe and of which all. Canadians can be proud. ”

The federation also specified that “as a leader, we must do better and we are motivated to do so. Over the next few days and months, Canadians can expect good work from us. ”

Other invitations to appear

Another parliamentary committee meeting is scheduled for July 26 and 27, we learned on Thursday afternoon.

The commission called to appear, among other things, the former vice president of insurance for Hockey Canada, Glen McCurdie, the Toronto law firm Heinen Hutchinson who conducted the independent investigation, the president of the insurance company BFL Canada, Barry Lorenzetti, as well as Nicole Mulligan of Sport Canada.

It also requires a drafted copy of the out-of-court agreement, confidentiality agreement, as well as copies of communications from Hockey Canada sent to teams and players about it.

The disgruntled government

At the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage table last Monday, no elected officials were satisfied with the explanations offered by Hockey Canada executives.

Incidentally, they jumped in when they learned that the organization had signed the friendly settlement check on behalf of the eight former Canadian Hockey League (CHL) players whose identity is unknown.

They were shocked to learn that no athlete had been forced to participate in investigations into these events dating back to the spring of 2018, but also that there have been other cases of alleged sexual misconduct by players in the past five or six years.

In this regard, Mr.myself St-Onge expressed this: “I cannot accept this to be the norm in our national sports organizations, nor should Canadians. ”

As reported by the TSN network for the first time, an out-of-court settlement came weeks after the alleged victim filed a $ 3.55 million lawsuit against eight former CHL, league and HockeyCanada players.

With Mélanie Marquis and Katherine Harvey-Pinard, The print


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