Military Police Complaints Commission

Military Police Complaints Commission

June 22, 2015 15:04 ET

Troy DeSouza Appointed Member of the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 22, 2015) - Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada

Minister of National Defence Jason Kenney announced today that Troy DeSouza has been appointed as a part-time member of the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada, effective immediately. The appointment is for a four-year term.

A long-time resident of Victoria, B.C., he has practiced law in British Columbia for the past 17 years, providing legal advice to local government clients. He has conducted litigation before administrative tribunals, appeal boards, and all levels of courts in British Columbia.

Mr. DeSouza is also an educator. He has created several courses for local government staff and elected officials. He is a member of several professional organizations, and is Co-Chair of the Municipal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch.

Troy DeSouza is a graduate of the University of Windsor's law school. He had a diverse career before being called to the Bar in 1998. He worked as a consultant for the Attorney General of Ontario, and served seven years in the Canadian Armed Forces where he obtained the rank of Captain.

Quick Facts

  • Appointments to the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada are Governor in Council appointments made on the recommendation of the responsible minister and approved by the Governor General in Council - the Cabinet and the Governor General acting in a legal capacity.
  • The Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada (MPCC) was established in 1999 to provide civilian oversight of the Canadian Forces Military Police.
  • The MPCC reviews and investigates complaints concerning military conduct and investigates allegations of interference in military police investigations.
  • While it reports to Parliament through the Minister of National Defence, the MPCC is both administratively and legally independent from the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.

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"Troy DeSouza brings an impressive combination of experience to the position of Commission Member: the legal experience he acquired as a lawyer and the military experience as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. I am confident that he will be an excellent addition to Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada."

Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence

"I look forward to working with the staff, the Commission Members and the new Chairperson of the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada. Civilian oversight is key in a democratic society. I am proud to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this organization."

Troy DeSouza, Commission Member, Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada

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