Adm. Art McDonald letter to senior military officials ‘shocking,’ says Gen. Eyre

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Canada’s acting top soldier says that Adam. A letter sent by Art McDonald to senior military officers claiming he has been acquitted of sexual assault charges and should be reinstated immediately is “shocking”.

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In a letter sent by General Wayne Eyre to senior staff and shared with Granthshala News, the acting chief of the Defense Staff responded to a letter sent by McDonald’s, which was called by the government in the midst of an increasingly public fight to return was placed on indefinite leave. top position.

“We must remember that in a democracy, the military is under our duly elected civilian leadership. This fundamental is paramount to our profession. I was asked to serve as the Chief of Defense Staff on February 25, and I am in that position. Will continue to play that role unless told otherwise by our civic leadership,” wrote Ayre in the letter on Friday.

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“To that end, this shocking letter does not change anything with respect to our important tasks of protecting our nation, transforming our culture, and preparing for the threats ahead.”

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Adam. Art McDonald tells allies he’s acquitted, should return to top military rank

In a letter obtained Thursday by Granthshala News, McDonald said he was “deeply disappointed that my acquittal did not lead to my return to duty” when military police refused to charge the admiral over alleged sexual misconduct in August.

Granthshala News has previously reported that the allegation specifically pertains to sexual harassment.

He also argued that “undermining principles that should be fundamental to legitimate cultural change” within the military, citing the need for fairness for both accusers and wrongdoers. important to avoid.

Two sources confirmed that the letter, addressed to generals and flag officers of the Canadian Forces, was sent by McDonald, whose signature appeared on the letter.

Vance will not face military service charges; The source cites his four-star rank.

Military and political sources have said the lack of criminal charges against McDonald has not addressed concerns about whether he has the moral authority to lead the military.

Several female executives who have been victims of sexual misconduct told Granthshala News that they are deeply concerned by the tone of the letter and the message it sends to those who want to come forward.

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Former Supreme Court Justice Morris Fish warned in June that it is “legally impossible” to charge senior military officers of the rank of McDonald’s under the military justice system.

Granthshala News confirmed last month that the finding played a direct role in the military police’s decision not to charge under the military system during an investigation into McDonald’s predecessor.

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