Government fires Canada’s top military officer, makes interim leader his permanent replacement

Government fires Canada’s top military officer, makes interim leader his permanent replacement

The federal government has fired Adm. Art McDonald as chief of the defence staff, replacing him with the officer who had been serving as the interim leader of the Canadian Armed Forces. The appointment of Gen. Wayne Eyre, who has held the top job on an interim basis since February, was announced Thursday by the Prime Minister’s Office. McDonald’s termination as chief was subsequently confirmed by Defence Minister Anita Anand. McDonald stepped aside from the top job in February after military police began investigating an allegation against him of sexual misconduct. In August, the military police said McDonald would not face any criminal or disciplinary charges as a result of the investigation. However, the government kept McDonald on leave pending a review. That decision prompted McDonald to mount a public …
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