Canada Adm. Art McDonald’s letter ‘will be taken into account’ on deciding his fate: Trudeau
Adm. Art McDonald tells colleagues he’s exonerated, should return to top military post
McDonald says he is "disappointed that my exoneration has not seen my return to duty" after military police declined to charge the admiral over alleged sexual misconduct in August. He also argues his reinstatement is important to avoid "undermining the principles that must be foundational to legitimate cultural change" within the military, citing the need for fairness for both accusers and those accused of wrongdoing. Two sources confirmed the letter, addressed to generals and flag officers of the Canadian Forces, was sent by McDonald, whose signature appears on the letter.
Adm.'s decision to send a letter to senior military staff claiming his exoneration from a sexual misconduct allegation against him and urging his "immediate" reinstatement to the military's top post will factor into whether he can return at all, says Prime Minister
The letterfor both the claims in it and the challenge it appeared to pose to the core principle of civilian control of the military. McDonald claimed the lack of charges against him means he has been exonerated and the investigation deemed the allegation "unsubstantiated."
War of words breaks out as admiral pushes for reinstatement as Canada's defence chief
OTTAWA — A war of words broke out at the very top of Canada’s military on Friday, as Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and acting defence chief Gen. Wayne Eyre blasted Adm. Art McDonald’s decision to write a letter to senior officers about why he should be reinstated as commander of the Canadian Armed Forces. The unprecedented back and forth comes as the Liberal government and Canadian military have faced a reckoning over their handling of allegations of sexual misconduct against several current and retired officers.
That is not true,by the military's provost marshal this week.
Yet Trudeau has refused to say why the government continues to allow McDonald to remain in the role as chief of the defence staff, from which he is currently suspended, or when he will make a decision on whether McDonald should be allowed to return to the duties of the role.
When asked about the letter by Global News on Thursday, Trudeau said McDonald's remarks "do not align" with what he described as the government's approach to focusing on survivors and victims.
“It will be taken into account as we make a final determination on the post of chief of defence staff," he added, noting it is important that "we take the right decisions in the right way."
McDonald holds the position of chief of the defence staff at the pleasure of the government, meaning he can be removed at any time for any reason.
Gen. Wayne Eyre has been acting in his place since February, when McDonald stepped aside voluntarily while the investigation into the allegation against him got underway.
More to come.
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