Minister Responds to Ombudsman's request to initiate investigation into the 1974 Valcartier Cadet Camp Grenade Incident

May 5, 2014

Mr. Gary Walbourne
National Defence and Canadian Forces
100 Metcalfe Street, 12th Floor
Ottawa, ON
K1P 5M1 


Dear Mr. Walbourne,

I am writing in response to a request made by your predecessor requesting permission to initiate an investigation into the tragic explosion at CFB Valcartier on 30 July 1974 that killed and wounded a number of cadets.

Although this tragic incident occurred in the pre-mandate period, given the number of concerns raised with your office regarding the circumstances leading up to and after the explosion, I hereby approve the request to open this investigation.

Yours truly,


Hon. Rob Nicholson, PC, QC, MP

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