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Lt.-Gen. Jonathan Vance arrives for a technical briefing, Monday January 19, 2015 in Ottawa. Sources say Lt.-Gen. Jonathan Vance, who twice led the army???s task force in Kandahar during the Afghan war, is the likely successor to Gen. Tom Lawson, the current chief of the defence staff.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Lt.-Gen. Jonathan Vance appointed next chief of defence staff

Lt.-Gen. Jonathan Vance will be Canada's next chief of the defence staff, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced. Vance's appointment had been expected for a several weeks. He replaces Gen. Tom Lawson, who announced earlier this year he would step down as Canada's top general by September. Vance is currently commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command, which has made him at times th…