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Veterans board member harrassed

The Mounties have been called in to investigate allegations that a long-time veterans advocate continues to be harassed, even after he won a human-rights case against a federal review panel.

The RCMP probe was initiated at the request of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, which is carrying out a separate review of fresh allegations by Harold Leduc.

Leduc is the outspoken former warrant officer who created a political storm last year when he claimed members and management of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board leaked private information about his post traumatic stress diagnosis.

He alleged the leak was made in order to discredit his decisions at the board, which takes a second look at the rejected benefits claims of ex-soldiers.

The human rights commission had previously ordered the veterans board to pay Leduc $4,000, including legal costs, for harassment he'd suffered from other agency members.

But he claims the harassment did not cease, even though his position with the board was not renewed last fall.

"The retaliation I've faced is all about discrediting me as a person because of my disabilities," Leduc said in an interview.

He would not be more specific about who might be responsible for the alleged, ongoing slurs or the nature of them. But he noted he has both written and oral evidence, all of which has been handed over to both the RCMP and the commission.

"The process has rigorous screening and if there wasn't something there, I don't think they would continue," said Leduc, who was interviewed by an investigator in January.

The RCMP would not confirm or deny the investigation.

The Canadian Press


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