Commander Canadian Special Operations Forces Command Brigadier-General Michael Rouleau speaks during a technical briefing Monday, January 19, 2015 in Ottawa.

Commander Canadian Special Operations Forces Command Brigadier-General Michael Rouleau speaks during a technical briefing Monday, January 19, 2015 in Ottawa.
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Special forces commander fined for accidentally firing gun on Iraq front line


A court martial found the commander of Canada’s elite special forces guilty of accidentally firing his weapon during a visit to Iraqi frontlines and fined him $2,000 on Tuesday.

Maj.-Gen. Michael Rouleau had pleaded guilty after he was charged under the National Defence Act with one count of neglect to the prejudice of good order and discipline.

The charge stemmed from an an incident “on or around 20 December 2015, where he discharged his personal weapon without authorization,” the military said. A statement from Rouleau released earlier this year said he was loading his rifle while preparing to visit a frontline position when he accidentally fired a single round.

No one was injured in the incident but Rouleau said in his statement that for a soldier “the only acceptable standard of care with a weapon is error-free.”

Up to 200 Canadian special forces troops have been sent to Iraq where they are helping Kurdish peshmerga fighters fight ISIS militants in northern Iraq.

With files from The Canadian Press

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One comment on “Special forces commander fined for accidentally firing gun on Iraq front line
  1. Avatar Victor Craft says:

    Somehow the political correctness police have made their way into the realm of combat. How this even became a reported incident confuses me. When one is dealing with live ammunition, one must ensure the weapon, when being loaded, is pointed away from harming anyone. Reason being is that a round could go off. I assume the good General practiced this as there were no reported injuries. Additionally, how it ever got to a Courts Martial is beyond me. But $2,000.00?? Maybe fine him a Lune.