New Canadian Army Commander investigated for sexual misconduct
Lieutenant-General. Trevor Cadieu, who was to take command of the Canadian military, is now the subject of a police investigation after allegations of sexual misconduct, the newspaper confirmed.
Cadieu denied any wrongdoing.
The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service has taken a statement from a former serviceman, a woman, regarding the allegations against Cadieu and further statements are being taken. It is not known when the investigation will be completed.
“The allegations are false, but they must be thoroughly investigated to reveal the truth,” Cadieu told this newspaper. “I believe that all complaints should be professionally investigated, regardless of the rank of the accused. I already have voluntarily
provided information to the National Investigation Service, and I continue to await further opportunities to fully cooperate with their investigation.
Cadieu said he had provided detailed information and correspondence to investigators and that “I have taken further steps to prove my truthfulness and innocence.”
Cadieu was recently promoted to lieutenant general and is expected to take command of the army. A change of command ceremony scheduled to take place in early September was called off at the last minute, shortly after the Acting Chief of the Defense Staff, Gen. Wayne Eyre, was informed of the CFNIS investigation.
“I know that these false claims will, as expected, create doubts about my ability to lead in this environment,” Cadieu told this newspaper. “While I have dedicated every day of my career to making my colleagues feel respected and included, the soldiers of the Canadian Army deserve a leader who is unencumbered by allegations and can lead at this time. important where culture changes, tackles systemic misconduct and prepares tactical teams for operations. must remain the priority effort.
Cadieu said he asked Eyre to consider selecting another leader for the post as soon as possible.
Over the past decade, the Canadian military has been rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct by senior leaders.
Retired Chief of Staff Gen. Jon Vance faced a number of allegations of sexual misconduct and in July was charged with one count of obstructing justice.
In August, Major-General. Dany Fortin has been charged with sexual assault.
Military Police are still investigating Vice Admiral Haydn Edmundson after a former Navy member alleged she was sexually assaulted.
Major-General. Peter Dawe has been on paid leave since early May after it was revealed he wrote a positive reference to attempt to influence the conviction of an officer convicted of sexual assault.
Senior military leadership quietly returned Dawe to defense headquarters in September to work on sexual misconduct review files. But defense sources, who questioned the ethics of giving Dawe a new role, warned the newspaper. The resulting anger among victims of sexual assault forced the Canadian Forces to temporarily remove Dawe from his new job and raised new questions about whether senior management was serious about sexual misconduct.
The Liberal government has yet to decide what to do with Admiral Art McDonald, who is still technically Chief of the Defense Staff, even though he only held the post for a few weeks. McDonald’s temporarily stepped down on February 25 after military police opened an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.
In August, police said their investigation found no evidence to support the charges. Shortly after – in what many observers see as a major public relations blunder – lawyers for McDonald’s issued a statement noting that the officer was returning to his job even as the federal government insisted it did not still had not decided on his future.
The Liberal government responded by putting McDonald’s on leave and promoting Eyre to full general. McDonald claimed he had “the moral authority” to lead the military.
Eyre has received criticism that he represents the status quo of an organization that has fought for real change in addressing sexual misconduct. Military personnel have taken to social media to challenge Eyre for refusing to punish Dawe, as well as for his decision to welcome Vice Admiral Craig Baines back to the head of the Navy. Baines came under fire after going golfing with Vance in a “public show of support” for the retired general.
Eyre claimed there was no room for sexual misconduct in the military. But his critics say his assurances are starting to ring hollow, especially in the wake of the decision not to discipline any of the Navy officers who joked about naughty sex and bondage on an official conference call. An investigation, published in September, confirmed that such comments had been made and that they “demonstrated the sexualized culture that (the navy) must continue to face.” However, no explanation was provided for the decision not to sanction any of those involved. Earlier this year, however, parliamentary committees investigating sexual misconduct in the military heard of a system in which victims’ complaints were ignored and perpetrators protected.
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