OTTAWA - A senior officer at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier in Quebec is facing criminal charges.
Lt.-Col. Martin Bernier — the former commander of the 2nd Canadian Division Training Centre at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier — faces two charges of sexual assault and two charges of harassment.
The military did not elaborate on what led to the charges, which were laid Wednesday.
But Lt.-Cmdr. Mike Amirault, acting commanding officer of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, says in a statement the charges are "significant."
In the statement, Amirault says there is no place for sexual misconduct within the Canadian Armed Forces.