Military police say they are investigating “historic” allegations of sexual misconduct involving another senior commander, this time the officer responsible for human resources in the Canadian Armed Forces.
The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service uncovered an investigation involving Lt-Gen. Five months after Steven Whelan was installed Friday night as the chief of military personnel responsible for everything from recruiting to promotions to health care.
Whelan took over from Vice Admiral Hayden Edmondson, who stepped down as chief of military personnel command in March because of a police investigation following a CBC report of alleged sexual assault; Edmondson has denied the allegations.
The Canadian Armed Forces said in a statement that Acting Defense Chief General Wayne Eyre and Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan were informed of the allegation in early June, and Whelan was unaware of the investigation, but agreed to step down.
CFNIS revealed earlier this week that it was also investigating the incoming Canadian Army Commander Lieutenant-General. Trevor Cadeau for alleged sexual misconduct.
Cadiu denied any wrongdoing and said in a statement to service members that the allegations against him were false and intended to cast doubt on his ability to lead the military.
Whelan told The Canadian Press in May that the military’s repeated failure to address sexual misconduct over the years has felt like an “existential threat” to the institution – and shows that this time the problem is indeed Why does it need to be addressed?