The Canadian army has put one other senior officer accountable for its personnel command after the previous commander, Vice-Admiral Hayden Edmundson, stepped away earlier this yr following allegations of sexual assault and misconduct.
The announcement, made Friday by the performing chief of the defence workers, is a part of a broader shakeup of the senior ranks. That shakeup was triggered partially by the continued sexual misconduct disaster that has tarnished the establishment and left a lot of main instructions with “performing” commanders.
Lt.-Gen.Steve Whelan was promoted to interchange Edmundson on a everlasting foundation as head of Navy Personnel Command and chief of army personnel.
Edmundson has been on go away with pay for roughly six weeks whereas the Canadian Forces Nationwide Investigation Service investigates a declare of rape courting again to an alleged incident in 1991 aboard a Royal Canadian Navy ship.
Retired main seamen Stéphanie Viau stated Edmundson uncovered himself to her on a number of events onboard throughout a navy train overseas. She stated his behaviour escalated and he raped her whereas the ship was docked in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii.
Edmundson’s lawyer, Brian Greenspan, stated his shopper denies the allegations.
“It’s regrettable that after 37 years of loyal service to Canada, Vice-Admiral Edmundson has been changed in his function with out a possibility to appropriately reply and defend in opposition to untested allegations which he categorically and unequivocally denies,” stated Greenspan in an announcement to CBC Information.
Greenspan stated Edmundson needs “his group and new Commander his finest needs for fulfillment of their future endeavours.”
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DND reviewing request for civilian police to research
Viau stated she needs her case investigated by civilian police as a result of she will not belief the army police after a previous sexual assault.
The Division of Nationwide Defence stated it has been trying into different investigative choices. If Viau’s case is transferred to the RCMP or one other police power, it might set a precedent for future sexual assault instances within the Armed Forces.
“It is a delicate matter and one we take extraordinarily critically, so we have to take the time to make sure all choices are being explored, whereas respecting the integrity of investigative course of, the needs of the sufferer, the army justice system, in addition to the jurisdictions of different police forces,” says a DND assertion despatched to CBC Information.
The division’s deputy minister, Jody Thomas, has referred to as Viau’s case a fancy historic one. She stated the provost marshal, who’s accountable for the army police, is “working diligently to grasp what may be completed to assist Ms. Viau.”
“What we wish to do is be capable of do what is correct so justice may be served,” stated Thomas on April 29 at a press convention about sexual misconduct within the forces.
“What that appears like is underneath investigation proper now.”
DND stated there are not any plans presently for Edmundson to return to work.
Whelan may have as his deputy Maj.-Gen. Lise Bourgon, a revered air power officer.
Announcement formalizes key appointments for variety of senior girls
One evident omission within the normal officer and flag officer record launched in the present day is the absence of any reference to Lt.-Gen Wayne Eyre’s standing. Eyre stepped into the highest army commander’s job after the present chief of the defence workers, Admiral Artwork McDonald, voluntarily stepped apart in February after it was revealed he was underneath army police investigation for sexual misconduct.
Eyre stays “performing” chief and his submit as head of the military continues to be crammed on an performing foundation by Maj.-Gen. Michel-Henri St-Louis, who commanded Canada’s final battle group in Kandahar.
And Lt.-Gen. Jocelyn Paul has been promoted to the place of deputy NATO commander on the joint forces headquarters in Naples. Paul, additionally a former member of the battle group in Kandahar, is the army’s highest-ranking Indigenous member.
Immediately’s announcement additionally formalized the promotions and appointments of a lot of senior girls to key posts all through the army.
Together with the appointment of Lt.-Gen. Jennie Carignan to the newly-created submit of chief of conduct and professionalism, the army formally introduced in the present day that Commodore Josee Kurtz, who lately commanded a NATO process group, will take over as commandant of the Royal Navy School.
Many survivors and sexual assault consultants have cited the tradition within the army faculties in Kingston, Ont. and St-Jean, Que. as a significant component contributing to the misconduct disaster.
In the meantime, Maj.-Gen. Nancy Tremblay is being appointed to a brand new momentary place as “Chief Materiel Program” — a part of the group that buys army gear.