12 October 2016

What would Canada be like...

...if we applied the same standard of discipline to politicians...jerk on the trigger

OTTAWA – A court martial will be held in Ottawa today for Maj.-Gen. Michael Rouleau, Canada’s top special forces soldier after he accidentally fired his weapon in Iraq. He is charged under the National Defence Act with one count of neglect to the prejudice of good order and discipline.

He isn’t the first Canadian general to face a court martial for his weapon accidentally firing. Brig.-Gen. Daniel Menard was fined $3,500 after his rifle fired two bullets in Afghanistan while he was commander of Canadian troops in 2010.

Another officer, Lt.-Col. Gilles Fortin, was also fined after accidentally firing a round from his pistol in the Kabul International Airport in 2012. Fortin was forced to pay $1,500.
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UPDATE: Guilty as charged
“I’m proud to belong to a profession of arms where the accountabilities for the generals are the same as they are for the privates and the corporals. That’s the way it should be. I mishandled a weapon and I will pay a price for that,” he told reporters.
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RELATED: In other "combat zone" news...
A 19-year-old man was shot near an Agincourt bus stop Tuesday afternoon, forcing schools in the area to be placed under hold and secure as police scoured the area for a suspect.

The shots were heard just after 1:30 p.m. in the Midland Avenue and Baylawn Drive area, according to Toronto police.
No word yet on which gun club the shooters belonged to.


9 comments:

Bill E said...


I'm very familiar with the C7, I fail to see how yoy could get an AD (even from slamming the bolt home on a live chambered round - unless the gun was toyed with and had a protruding firing pin.....or the sear is tinkered with.....or he had his finger on/near/by the trigger when he charged the rifle.

Not good for a pro - he'll get a fine,no demotion.

Neo Conservative said...

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i'm sure the firearms in question got a thorough forensic examination to rule out faulty firing pin, sub-optimal sear engagement etc.

that leaves door number two... what we, at the gun club, used to call, "the jerk on the trigger".

as in, general menard who let not one, but two live rounds loose.

but, unlike politics, there is accountability here.

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robins111 said...

He had his booger hook on the bang stick, sure as hell.

But he's an honorable person. He stood up and fessed up, then took his beating.

Neo Conservative said...

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no weasel words. i did it, i accept my punishment.

the anti-politician.

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Anonymous said...

Bill E said...

I'm very familiar with the C7,

Sure. No doubts here.

However he probably had the C-8 carbine, bro

Neo Conservative said...

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it was a c-8.

apparently he pulled the loaded carbine out of his duffel bag and that's when the a-d occurred.

why a professional soldier has a cocked & loaded rifle in a duffel bag defies belief, but, hey... i'm just a dumb civilian.

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Anonymous said...


C7A C8A same lower and bolt group it still goes bang when you touch the fire stick - all that changes is the pongo behind the butt - flat tops, H-bars, Picatinny rails free floated barrel, bipods and optics are not part of the safety equipment - one part of that is on the gun the other part is under the helmet of the ground pounder in charge of the rig.

In this case the wet works part of the safety system failed.

Anonymous said...

old white guy says............ f--k we Canadians are stupid.

Neo Conservative said...

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i'd be more inclined to go with apathy myself.

since being elected in 2003, the liberals have doubled ontario's debt.

since shortly after that, 2005 to be precise, the price of electricity has doubled.

don't know or don't care?

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