Canada’s Top Military Officer Steps Aside Amid Investigation
Canada’s top military officer temporarily stepped aside as chief of the defense staff after military police opened an investigation into unspecified accusations against him.
The top military officer, Adm. Art McDonald, stepped aside on Wednesday in the midst of a separate investigation into the previous chief of the defense staff, Jonathan Vance, a now retired army general. Reports surfaced this month that Mr. Vance behaved inappropriately with two female subordinates.
Citing the police investigation, Harjit Sajjan, the defense minister, declined to offer any specifics on Admiral McDonald’s decision to step aside. The Department of National Defense also did not offer any details, and Admiral McDonald has not publicly commented on the accusations.
“I take all allegations of misconduct seriously and continue to take strong action on any allegation of misconduct that is brought forward,” Mr. Sajjan said in a statement released late Wednesday night on Twitter. “No matter the rank, no matter the position.”