Trudeau rebuffs calls for Sajjan's resignation amid charges of 'stolen valour'

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, May 1, 2017.
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OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is holding fast amid angry calls for Harjit Sajjan's resignation and accusations the embattled Liberal defence minister has "stolen valour" from Canadian Forces colleagues.

Opposition parties have launched an all-out attack against Sajjan, who apologized again today for having described himself as the architect of Operation Medusa, Canada's largest battle in Afghanistan in 2006.

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose went so far as to accuse Sajjan of stealing credit for the actions of others — something military personnel call "stolen valour."

Conservatives have also called on House of Commons Speaker Geoff Regan to look into Sajjan's claims that the Tories, and not the Liberals, cut tax benefits to Canadian soldiers in Kuwait.

The NDP are also blasting the minister amid calls for a new probe into the mistreatment of Afghan detainees, which Sajjan refused to entertain last year.

But Trudeau says the defence minister simply made a mistake and has apologized fully.

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