Gen Rouleau Resigns
Lt Gen Rouleau resigns. Canada’s former defense chief is under investigation for sexual misconduct. After playing golf with him, the Canadian Military’s second-in-command has resigned. In the position, Lt Gen Rouleau had authority over the investigation of the case against Gen Vance. Lieutenant General Mike Rouleau claims he invited General Jonathan Vance to ensure his wellness. Lt Gen Rouleau claims they did not discuss the investigation details. However, he did admit that his decision had “intensified recent events and contributed to further erosion of trust” in the Military.
In recent years, Canada’s Military has been shaken up by controversy regarding sexual assault allegations. Several military leaders are under investigation for inappropriate behavior toward colleagues. In 2016, a national survey reported nearly 100 soldiers who complained of sexual harassment during the previous year. Gen Vance commented that he was extremely disappointed.
Gen Vance Retires
Vance retired in January. He is facing allegations of misconduct against army Major Kellie Brennan and another woman who remains unidentified. Military police are investigating whether his relationship with Brennan broke military regulations. Earlier in 2021, Maj Brennan gave testimony to a parliamentary committee. She claimed that the general considered himself “untouchable.” She also stated that although he was a father of her two children, he did not support them. There is also another case against Gen Vance. He allegedly sent a sexually suggestive email to a female subordinate. However, Gen Vance has denied the sexual misconduct claims.
Local news outlets The Globe and Mail and Global News broke the news about the gold game last weekend. Lt Gen Rouleau admitted that on 2 June, he played gold in Ottawa with Gen Vence and the commander of the Canadian navy, Vice Admiral Craig Baines. He later apologized for participating in the game. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commented on the matter on Sunday. He said that the general and Vice Adm Baines had to answer for themselves.