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It is pretty common for an Commander to be asked to write a letter for a subordinate charged with a serious crime.MGs can't make mistakes like that. For that matter Snr ranked people cannot make mistakes like that. For that matter no one can make mistakes like that. Read what Hamilton did, to a married couple also under Dawe's command. To write that character reference is a betrayal to the innocent and the victim (s).
I get it. He was/is popular and you guys knew him. It sucks, and maybe it was a temporary error in judgement. Unfortunately as a GO/FO youre a face in the organization and the example to emulate. What message are we sending, and what message do we want to send ?
I say again what are we saying to the public and CAF members by keeping him around ?
Do I think he should have written the letter - no, and I offered my personal though on the best punishment option already.
BUT since apparently no one else agrees that internally solving the issue at a low level like I suggested was acceptable - it had to go to the courts.
I also think IF he was going to write the letter he should have talked to Kevin and Annalise first, to me that is the major faux pas he made.
The CF lost two great officers when they left - and it really shouldn't have been that way.
It really doesn't do what you think it does.Look you can chicken shit and red herring this all the way down to his cub Scout leader in 1979 if makes you feel better. But the fact remains Dawe wrote what he did in support of that POS Hamilton (Not the city). I'm not going to play pass the buck with you.
Keeping him in uniform is saying something to our political masters, the public, victims and CAF members at large.
I honestly think that MG Dawe was legitimately trying to do what he says below
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Dawe, in an earlier statement, said he never condoned the serious offences for which Hamilton was convicted for in civilian court. His supportive letter was to highlight that soldier’s military accomplishments and his struggles, he added in a statement.
So we throw out an otherwise stellar officer who mostly likely wrote the letter due to guilt/sorrow/sympathy he felt about Hamiltons PTSD?And trust me those I talk to are getting the message loud and clear. I get ears fulls of it from both commissioned and non.
Like I said, keep on keeping on, we will reap what we sow.
It wasn't designed to change the outcome of the conviction - just the punishments.
I mean it isn't like he invited Hamilton to come and "co-star" a Sexual assault survivor retreat...
Canadian doctor apologises for allowing convicted sex offender to be peer support mentor for sexual abuse survivors
"If I had a chance to do it all over again, this would not have happened."
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