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Canada’s Second-in-Command Resigns

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Canada’s second-in-command of the Canadian Armed Forces is resigning following criticism over his decision to go golfing with Gen. Jonathan Vance.

LGen Rouleau — who holds oversight authority over the military police — has been criticized for a golf game with Vance amid the ongoing investigation into allegations of inappropriate behaviour against the former Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS).

VAdm Baines, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), was also part of that golf game on June 2. Baines issued a statement apologizing and acknowledged his actions could be viewed as a “public display of support.”

“To be clear, it was not a show of support for Jonathan Vance as it pertains to the ongoing investigation. My focus should have been on the victims of sexual misconduct and on the impacts on their lives. For this, I am sorry,” Baines said on Monday afternoon.

“As a result of this incident, I am stepping aside immediately as VCDS and will transition to the CAF Transition Group,” Rouleau said in a statement.

LGen Rouleau insists there was no discussion of the investigation during the golf game.

Rouleau said, “I wish to tell you that I accept fully how my decision to [go golfing with Gen. Vance] has intensified recent events and contributed to further erosion of trust. Vice-Admiral Baines’ participation was surely predicated on my attending therefore I would ask that only I be held accountable.”

LGen Rouleau’s resignation comes soon after the Prime Minister weighed in on the subject, stating that he and Vice Admiral Baines had to “answer for themselves”.

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