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How the Forces announced Ménard’s sacking

When the Canadian Forces announced the dismissal of Brigadier General Daniel Ménard, they did so in four short paragraphs with a PS for the media.

OTTAWA — Commander Canadian Expeditionary Force Command (CEFCOM), Lieutenant-General Marc Lessard announced today that he has relieved Brigadier-General Daniel Ménard from his position as Commander Joint-Task Force Afghanistan (JTF-Afg) and has designated Colonel Simon Hetherington as Acting Commander in the interim.

LGen Lessard made this decision following allegations concerning BGen Menard’s inappropriate conduct related to the Canadian Forces Personal Relationships and Fraternization directives, which caused Commander CEFCOM to lose confidence in BGen Menard’s capacity to command.

An investigation into the circumstances related to the allegations is being launched.

In the near future, the Canadian Forces will dispatch former JTF-Afg Commander, Brigadier-General Jon Vance to Afghanistan to assume command, pending the arrival of the next JTF-Afg Commander, Brigadier-General Dean Milner.

The postscript to the media was also concise:

Note to Editors: No further statements related to this matter will be made at this time, and no requests for interviews will be considered.

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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