A few weeks after the announcement of an investigation into sexual misconduct targeting the former chief of the Canadian Armed Forces, his position is also facing an investigation for similar reasons, which could further jeopardize national security.
Former Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, Admiral Art McDonald, replaced former Defense Chief Jonathan Vance last January, retiring in December, less than two months before announcing an investigation into him.
Admiral MacDonald resigned Wednesday night following reports of a misconduct investigation.
According to the CBC, the charges against Admiral McDonald date back to 2010. A young colleague was involved in the alleged actions and during an incident, with alcohol, took place on an Army ship. He then captained the Canadian Navy.
Defense Minister Harjeet Sajjan has tried his best to curb the scandal, saying he has “promised to act decisively when faced with allegations of misconduct; Regardless of the rank or position of the person involved ”.
Minister Sajjan said the allegations of misconduct would be taken very seriously and he would refrain from commenting on the matter till the investigation is completed.
He appointed Lieutenant General Wayne Irene to provide interim leadership to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
In his speech on the day he was appointed head of the CAF, Art McDonald stressed the importance of combating racism and sexual harassment in the military.
On Wednesday evening, a major military think tank sent a message to the CAF that “these allegations should be fully and independently investigated.”
“Allegations of this nature will erode public confidence in the Canadian Armed Forces and ultimately adversely affect the courage and recruitment efforts for our country’s future defenders,” the CAD Institute said.
Art McDonald described it as a “die-hard nova Scotian” on his official webpage, leading a maritime humanitarian and disaster relief operation as commander of the Task Force Joint Forces Marine Corps in Haiti after the devastating earthquake that devastated the country. In 2010 ”.