Cops looking into reports of phoney soldier


OTTAWA – Police are investigating following “numerous inquiries” about a man who allegedly impersonated a Canadian soldier when he showed up in full military regalia at this week’s Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa.

A tweet from the Ottawa Police says the man “possibly made unlawful use of military uniform or certificates at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa.”

It is a crime under the Criminal Code to impersonate a soldier.

Earlier today, an Ottawa police spokesman said no one has filed a complaint about the man, whose appearance during CBC’s live coverage of Tuesday’s events prompted complaints from veterans and soldiers.

During a live CBC interview, the man identified himself as Franck Gervais — but the Department of National Defence says it has no record of anyone by that name.

The public broadcaster has since issued a statement expressing regret about the interview, saying it would be “following up to learn more about the man.”