No place for abusive behaviour in military, acting defence chief says

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OTTAWA — The acting chief of the defence staff says there is no place for abusive and discriminatory behaviour in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Lt.-Gen. Wayne Eyre told a defence conference today that witnessing hateful acts and doing nothing means being complicit in these misdeeds.

Eyre took over as defence chief last month when Admiral Art McDonald stepped aside while unspecified misconduct allegations against him are investigated.

In addition, Gen. Jonathan Vance, McDonald's predecessor, is being investigated over allegations of sexual misconduct reported by Global News following his retirement.

Vance has denied any wrongdoing and McDonald has not commented.

Eyre says the accusations have been met with shock, disappointment, betrayal, sadness and a desire for real change.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 11, 2021.

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