Canada’s number-two navy official, Lieutenant General Mike Rouleau, introduced his resignation Monday after taking part in golf with a retired former Chief of Staff being investigated for alleged sexual misconduct.
The not-so-simple spherical of golf drew scrutiny amid issues about potential for perceived battle of curiosity by Rouleau — he was hierarchical superior of the pinnacle of the navy police investigating retired General Jonathan Vance.
Vance, who retired in January, denies any wrongdoing. In a letter, Rouleau acknowledges having performed golf June 2 with the previous chief of employees and the commander of the Navy however assures that he didn’t talk about ongoing investigations. In addition, he mentioned, “I’ve by no means issued any directions or pointers to the CFPM with reference to any ongoing navy police investigations together with these involving sexual misconduct.”
He mentioned he accepts “absolutely” how his determination to play the spherical of golf “has intensified latest occasions and contributed to additional erosion of belief” within the navy.
Rouleau mentioned he was being reassigned to unspecified duties within the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group, which notably assists injured and sick personnel, the military mentioned.
General Frances Jennifer Allen is because of succeed him as Vice Chief of Staff in coming weeks. The military has been shaken for a number of months by a collection of investigations into high-ranking officers suspected of “sexual misconduct” towards subordinates.
Vance’s successor, Admiral Art McDonald, had additionally left workplace a couple of weeks after his appointment, after an investigation into comparable prices was opened.
At the tip of April, Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan instructed Louise Arbor, a former prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal (ICT), to conduct an impartial investigation into the dealing with of circumstances of sexual harassment throughout the military.
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