The Department of National Defense has confirmed that the incoming commander of the Canadian Army is “on historical charges” under military police investigation.
In its statement, the department did not specify the nature of those allegations, but the Ottawa Citizen reports Lt-Gen. Trevor Cadeau is accused of sexual misconduct.
In his own statement, Cadiu denied any wrongdoing, but said he has asked Acting Chief of Defense Staff General Wayne Eyre to consider choosing another leader.
“While I have dedicated every day of my career to making fellow members feel respected and included, Canadian Army soldiers deserve a leader who is free of charge and can lead at this critical time when culture is changing. Addressing systemic misconduct and preparing strategic teams for operations should remain a priority effort,” Cadiu said.
A previously planned change-of-command ceremony scheduled for last month was postponed due to the investigation.
“The adjournment of the ceremony is not an indictment of LGen Cadieu,” the national defense statement read. “However, in the light of the ongoing investigation, it was decided to allow the justice system to proceed with the matter in accordance with the rule of law.”
Cadiu said the allegations are false, “but they must be thoroughly investigated to uncover the truth,” adding that he has provided “detailed information and correspondence” to the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, and “my truth and has taken other measures to prove innocence.” “