Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians have lost faith in Hockey Canada

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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Hockey Canada's leadership has lost the confidence of the federal government — and Canadians.

Trudeau says the longer it takes the governing body to realize that, the more difficulties it will face.

The prime minister made the comments to reporters after Hockey Canada's board of directors released a statement earlier this week saying it supported president and chief executive officer Scott Smith and his executive team despite calls for change of the organization's leadership.

Hockey Canada has come under criticism for its handling of sexual assault allegations involving players from the 2003 and 2018 world junior teams.

It's the second time Trudeau has called out Hockey Canada for its response to the allegations.

Speaking in Nova Scotia on July 21, Trudeau said there needs to be a "real reckoning" at Hockey Canada for its handling of the 2018 allegation and subsequent out-of-court settlement with the complainant.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 31, 2022.

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