Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has ordered an immediate investigation into “serious” allegations of misconduct by diplomatic staff at the Canadian embassy in Copenhagen, the Citizen has learned.
The accusations include financial mismanagement, abuses of government property, diplomatic privileges and racial harassment. They are supported by as many as 13 current and former locally engaged embassy staff. Some of the grievances date back several years.
Just days after the written and signed allegations were delivered to Baird’s office early last week, two investigators from the department’s Office of the Inspector General were dispatched to the Danish capital to interview the employees and review documents. One is a financial auditor and the other is focusing on any violations of the Code of Conduct for Canadian Representatives Abroad, according to a source close to the case.