Following a report that five players have been asked to hand themselves in to be charged in connection with sexual assault allegations against the 2018 world junior team, sports Minister Carla Qualtrough said abuse “has no place in our sporting system”.
In a statement to Sportsnet on Wednesday, Qualtrough, who inherited the portfolio from Pascal Saint-Onge, the sports minister when the investigation began, said she was aware of the latest developments surrounding the investigation, which were first reported by The Globe and Mail.
“Abuse of any kind has no place in our sports system — not on our fields, not on our rinks, not in our locker room, not anywhere,” Qualtrough said through a spokesperson. “The reckoning we are seeing in hockey and across the sports ecosystem is a result of courageous survivors coming forward to share their life experiences.”
Qualtrough will be reappointed sports Minister in 2023, eight years after she was first appointed in 2015.
With that goal in mind, Qualtrough unveiled a raft of actions in late December, including a commission on the future of sport in Canada that will hold a summit and issue two reports during its 18-month term.
– With files from The Canadian Press