An army commander faced with allegations of sexual misconduct has a background in Vernon.
The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service revealed last week that it was investigating the lieutenant general. Trevor Cadieu for alleged “historic” sexual misconduct.
The new Commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-General. Cadieu was confirmed by two sources close to the Vernon military camp as a former cadet.
Cadieu is believed to have attended Royal Roads University in Victoria, followed by his brother, before attending the Royal Military College of Canada and beginning his career in the Regimental Force.
He was commanding officer of the Canadian Armored Regiment Strathcona from 2010 to 2012, according to his records. He has since served in the Canadian Armed Forces for over nine years.
Cadieu is also identified as being from Vernon in Afghanistan: A Canadian History, in a 2006 excerpt where he is cited.
“I am convinced that the sign of the appearance of the tanks will represent for the people here and probably the Taliban as well as the determination of the coalition to bring security to this area,” said the then major. Trevor Cadieu of Vernon, BC, Squadron Commander.
Cadieu denies any wrongdoing and said in a statement to the military that the allegations made against him are false and aim to cast doubt on his ability to lead the military.
“The allegations are false, but they must be fully investigated to reveal the truth,” he said, adding that he had voluntarily provided information and correspondence to investigators and had “taken other measures to prove my truthfulness and my innocence “.
Cadieu also said he asked General Wayne Eyre to consider selecting someone else to serve as the Commander of the Canadian Army, a post which has been held on an interim basis by a series of senior officers since Eyre took office as interim chief of defense in February.
“I know that these false claims will, as expected, create doubts about my ability to lead in this environment,” Cadieu said.
“While I have dedicated every day of my career to making my colleagues feel respected and included, the soldiers of the Canadian Army deserve a leader who is unencumbered by allegations and can lead at this time. important where culture changes, tackles systemic misconduct and prepares tactical teams for operations. must remain the priority effort.
– with files from Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press