How independent should an ombudsman be?

Like his predecessors, military ombudsman Gary Walbourne is engaged in what appears to be a futile battle for independence from his masters at the Department of National Defence and in the Canadian Armed Forces. In his March report, entitled The Case for a Permanent and Independent Ombudsman Office, Walbourne notes that the principles of...
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