Sports Minister Pascale St-Onge has once again called for a change in Hockey Canada’s leadership following new allegations against the sport’s troubled body.
The Globe and Mail reported Monday that Hockey Canada placed player registration fees into a second fund used to cover sexual assault claims and other lawsuits. The news follows disclosures about another fund, known as the National Equity Fund.
Speaking to reporters on Parliament Hill, St-Onge said the latest news showed a lack of transparency and that the organization had treated sexual assault as an “insurance issue.”
It was revealed at a July hearing that Hockey Canada had paid $7.6 million in nine settlements related to sexual assault and sexual harassment claims since 1989.
St-Onge said the organization’s executives needed to resign because they could not rebuild the confidence needed to move forward.
Several past and present Canadian Hockey board seats will appear before a federal government committee Tuesday on how the sport’s body handles sexual assault allegations.
Sports Min. @PascaleStOnge_ latest w Hockey Canada: Says he lacks the vocabulary to express his disappointment as “story keeps coming out.”
“Another point that is pointed out is that sexual assault has been treated as an insurance issue…not a systemic problem…”
— Rachel Aiello (@rachaiello) October 3, 2022
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 3, 2022.
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