Canadian Army Delayed Appointment of Next Army Commander After Sexual Misconduct Allegations Made Against Man chosen for the role - the latest in a series of senior officers to be investigated for misconduct.
Lieutenant General TrevorCadieu was to be sworn in as Chief of the Canadian Army in a ceremony in early September. But this event was canceled after the army learned of "historical allegations " against Cadieu.
In a joint statement, the Defense Ministry National and the Canadian Forces said the acting chief of Staff General Wayne Eyre was briefed on the investigation two days before Cadieu took command of the army.
On Wednesday, military police confirmed they were investigating Cadieu, but said no further details would be provided.
Cadieu has denied the allegations.
" The allegations are false, but they must be fully investigated to reveal the truth, "he said in a statement. " I believe that all complaints should be professionally investigated, no matter what.ue be the rank of the accused. "
Cadieu declared that upon learning of the investigation, he asked for the acting of the country senior soldier to "consider choosing another leader" for the army.
In recent months, a number of senior army officers have been embroiled in sexual misconduct investigations.
In February, military police opened an investigation into former Defense Chief of Staff Jonathan Vance for allegations of sexual misconduct. Vance has been charged with obstructing justice in connection with the misconduct investigation.
Admiral Art McDonald, Vance 's replacement, has also been investigated into allegations of sexual misconduct. Military police say they found no evidence to support the charge of McDonald, who is on administrative leave.
In May, Lt. Col. Eleanor Taylor, one of the country's oldest female soldiers, resigned, saying he was "disgusted by the repeated failures of the army to fight against abuses in its ranks.
The controversy over Cadieu only serves to highlight the Liberal government's failure to stamp out sexual harassment in the army , said opposition leaderstion, who renewed their calls for the resignation of Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan.
New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh said in a statement that Sajjan and the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has "always failed military women - and Canadians - in appointing and protecting men who are not equipped or who do not wish to change the status quo quo ".