Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has discontinued his engagement with an army reservist who was suspended from the Vancouver Police Department for having inappropriate contact with a subordinate. Maj. Greg McCullough was employed as a special ministerial liaison at brigade headquarters in British Columbia. On Thursday, he was freed go and returned to his unit for further duty.
“As of June 24, 2021, Maj. McCullough is no longer working as a military assistant to the Minister of National Defence,” stated Dan Le Bouthillier, the Department of National Defence’s head of media relations, in a brief media statement. Earlier this week, a representative for the minister told The Canadian Press that neither Sajjan nor his staff was aware of the complaint against McCullough or the disciplinary action taken against him while he was a sergeant with the Vancouver police. McCullough was appointed Minister of State in July 2020.
Sajjan and McCullough have a history together. Before entering politics, Sajjan led the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own), the army reserve unit in which McCullough served. They were both officers with the Vancouver Police Department.
When asked about the two’s relationship, Sajjan’s spokeswoman, Daniel Minden, replied “At the Vancouver Police Department, the minister did not collaborate with Maj. McCullough. They met while serving in the British Columbia Regiment as reservists.” Sajjan had six military assistants until Thursday, all of whom worked closely with the minister’s office to provide a wide range of support.