In announcing that decision, the Minister was careful to note that the original decision to prevent disclosure of the Notice of Action was the result of a legal not a political decision: “These are legal matters dealt with by the Judge Advocate General” -- the senior legal officer in the Canadian Armed Forces -- and these are not political decisions,” he said.
The Military Police Complaints Commission inquiry into Corporal Stuart Langridge’s suicide was completed in early 2013 after hearing from 90 witnesses over 60 days of hearings. Its purpose was to find out what works in the Military Police investigation process, what doesn’t, and determine what fixes must be made. The Notice of Action is Defence Department action plan to respond to the findings and recommendations made by the Commission.
Corporal Langridge, a veteran of both the Bosnia and Afghanistan missions, took his own life at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton on March 15, 2008 after struggling for years with drug and alcohol abuse. His struggles were later thought to be related to post-traumatic stress disorder.