Saturday, September 18, 2021
What is the real source of outrage about General Vance (retired)?
Some of that reporting has been - shall we say - sensationalist in nature.
Some people have also bemoaned the state of the Code of Service Discipline - "Look", they cry, "it cannot even be used to prosecute the most senior member!"
But, if the Code of Service Discipline is intended to be used by the leadership of the Canadian Forces to maintain the discipline, efficiency, and morale of the armed forces, ought we expect that it would be used to prosecute the officers at the apex of the armed forces? If the Chief of the Defence Staff - a senior and experienced officer with significant public responsibilities - demonstrates bad judgement or unethical behaviour, ought our foremost concern be whether a mechanism can 're-instill the habit of obedience'? Or is the real issue whether that officer should be CDS?
The nature of recent reporting on this issue, and potential answers to those questions are offered here: What is the real source of outrage about General Vance (retired)?