Hockey Canada : “The culture must be changed”, blasts the minister St-Onge

The federal Minister of Sports, Pascale St-Onge, a encore critiqué vivement Hockey Canada, mercredi. This time, it’s after learning about a survey conducted by several stakeholders of the federation on the allegations of sexual assaults that have occurred with the junior Team Canada formations.

In this survey, of which the Sportsnet network obtained a copy, the parents were notably polled on the exaggeration of the media in the file. An operation that caused a lot of indignation across Canada.

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“It seems to me completely inappropriate and it seems to me to be part of an action of public relations”, St-Onge fustigé lors d’une mêlée de presse, mercredi.

“C’est une question malheureuse qui a été posée. It’s like if they tried to put everything on the media instead of assuming responsibility for their crisis management.

“I really hope that Hockey Canada will take concrete measures and not just manage its public relations.”

St-Onge found that a plan had been set in motion by the leaders of the federation.

“I spoke to the players of the paralympic team,” he added. Ils m’ont dit qu’ils avaient reçu une training sur la violence sexuale. Je sais qu’il ya des choses qui se passent actuellement chez Hockey Canada.

“It has to be constant. Les changements doivent profonds et réels. La culture doit être changée.»

D’autres audiences bientôt

Hockey Canada n’est pas au bout de ses peines. Another parliamentary hearing is scheduled for October 4. This time, the leaders of Hockey Canada will be questioned about the way they have managed the files of sexual assaults in recent decades. L

The current president of the board of directors Andrea Skinner and her predecessor, the Québécois Michael Brind’Amour, have already been called for this session.

On October 11th, it will be the turn of the former president of Hockey Canada, Bob Nicholson, to testify. He was the head of the federation between 1998 and 2014.

Thibault prudent

The director-general of Hockey Quebec, Jocelyn Thibault, did not want to answer questions from journalists about the latest developments in Hockey Canada. Il souhaitait quon laisse toute la place at the launch of the Fondation Le BUT.

Meanwhile, in Ottawa, director-general Pierre Dorion cannot comment on the situation because the NHL investigation is still ongoing.

“On veut tous des réponses,” Dorion stressed. As a parent, I pay my dues to Hockey Canada and I want answers.

“As a team, I can say that we talk about intimidation and bad behavior every year to our players. On leur mentionne que c’est important de venir nous en parler s’il ya une situation qui se produit. It’s very important.

“We are in 2022. There are many things that have changed in the last five or ten years. We are very sensitive to the fact that our players must behave properly.”

-With the collaboration of the QMI Agency

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