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Admiral Art McDonald Steps Down as Chief of the Defence Staff Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Canada’s top military officer, Admiral Art McDonald, is being investigated by Canadian military police as allegations of misconduct have come forward.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan provided the following statement Wednesday night:

As I have stated, I take all allegations of misconduct seriously and continue to take strong action on any allegation of misconduct that is brought forward,” Sajjan said in a statement. No matter the rank, no matter the position.

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service confirmed it has launched an investigation into McDonald.

I was informed that Admiral Art McDonald has voluntarily stepped aside while the investigation is ongoing.

As of February 24th, I have appointed Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre as acting Chief of the Defence Staff.

I will have no further comment at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

McDonald was appointed CDS on December 23rd, 2020 and officially took over the position on Jan. 14th, 2021.

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