General Wayne Eyre appointed as Permanent Defense Secretary, despite McDonald’s seeking reinstatement

Wayne Eyre, Deputy Chief of Defense Chief of Defense, arrives at the Capitol before the Cabinet meeting in Ottawa on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. (Canadian Press / Sean Kilpatrick)

Ottawa β€” Gen. Wayne Eyre has been officially appointed as Canada’s next Chief of the Defense Staff, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday.

“General Air will continue to work hard to build and oversee the cultural changes of the Canadian Army and to gain the trust and trust of survivors of sexual misconduct,” Trudeau said in a statement.

“I know he will continue to lead our army with distinction and professionalism as he continues to protect Canadians and their values ​​at home and abroad.”

Eyre has been acting commander of the Canadian Army since February after taking over from Admiral Art McDonald.

McDonald’s resigned to investigate the military police for allegations of sexual misconduct, but was not charged as a result of the investigation and was seeking reinstatement.

Instead, the Liberal government took McDonald’s leave in August and made him permanent this week after promoting Air.

NS Lee Berthiaume

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