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OTTAWA – The new Commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-General. Trevor Cadieu’s promotion to the top of the military has been halted due to a sexual misconduct investigation.

While details surrounding the investigation are scarce, CTV News has learned that a female veteran has filed an allegation of sexual misconduct against Cadieu and has spoken to the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS), the branch of Canadian military police investigation in early September. .

Cadieu was due to take up his duties as army commander on Sept. 7, but just two days earlier, acting defense chief Gen. Wayne Eyre had suspended the ceremony after learning that the CFNIS was investigating “historic allegations. Against Cadieu.

“The postponement of the ceremony is not an indictment of Lieutenant-General Cadieu,” the Department of Defense and the Canadian Armed Forces said in a joint statement. “However, in light of the ongoing investigation, a decision has been made to allow justice to pursue the case in accordance with the rule of law.”

Cadieu is a 29 year veteran in the military and has served in Bosnia and Afghanistan. More recently, he advised the Chief of the Defense Staff.

“The allegations are false, but they must be thoroughly investigated to reveal the truth,” Cadieu wrote in a statement provided by the military.

Cadieu added that he had provided information to investigators and “took other steps to prove my truthfulness and innocence.” He also asked Eyre to consider someone else to take over as Commander of the Canadian Army.

“I know that these false claims will, as expected, create doubts about my ability to lead in this environment,” Cadieu said.

“While I have dedicated every day of my career to making my colleagues feel respected and included, the soldiers of the Canadian Army deserve a leader who is unencumbered by allegations and who can lead in them. important time when culture changes, tackles systemic misconduct and prepares tactical teams for operations. must remain the priority effort. “

Todd Lane, spokesperson for Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, told CTV News that the minister became aware of the allegation on September 5, the same day as Eyre.

The allegation against Cadieu is the latest in several allegations of misconduct against high-ranking military personnel, which have sparked calls for Sajjan’s impeachment as defense minister and criticism of how the government has handled these. allegations.

With files from The Canadian Press

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