Incoming Canadian Army Commander Lt-Gen. Trevor Cadiu is denying any wrongdoing after the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service revealed on Wednesday that senior officials are under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct.
Cadieu was recently promoted and a ceremony to install him as chief of the army was scheduled for 7 September. A 29-year veteran of the military, Cadieu had previously served in Bosnia and Afghanistan and most recently provided analysis and advice to the major. Defense personnel.
But in a joint written statement on Wednesday, the Department of Defense and the Canadian Armed Forces said Acting Defense Chief General Wayne Eyre had decided to postpone the ceremony two days earlier after he was informed that the Canadian Army National Investigative Service was investigating. Was getting it done. Historical allegation regarding Cadeau”.
“The adjournment of the ceremony is not an indictment of the Lieutenant General. Cadieu,” said in the unsigned statement. “However, in light of the ongoing investigation, it was decided to allow the justice system to proceed with the case in accordance with the rule of law “
Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan’s spokesman Todd Lane said the minister became aware of the investigation the same day Eyre found out.
CFNIS confirmed to The Canadian Press that the investigation is related to the sexual misconduct allegation, but would not provide any further details.
In a separate written statement sent by the Defense Department, Cadiu denied the allegations.
“The allegations are false, but they must be thoroughly investigated to uncover the truth,” he said, adding that he has voluntarily provided information and correspondence to investigators and “others to prove my truth and innocence.” measures have been taken.”
Cadiu also said that he has asked Eyre to consider choosing someone else to serve as Canadian Army Commander, a position that has been filled in an acting capacity by a series of senior officers since Eyre took over. He took over as the acting chief of defense in February.
“I know these false claims, as intended, will raise doubts about my ability to lead in this environment,” Cadiu said.
“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 malpractice and preparing strategic teams for operations should remain a priority effort.”
Cadiu, who could not immediately be reached for additional comment on Wednesday, is the latest senior commander to be investigated by military police.
Sexual misconduct allegations in particular have forced a reckoning within the military over its failure to address the inappropriate behavior. He has also criticized the Liberal government for its handling of the issue and called for more external surveillance of the military.
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