GEN. WAYNE EYRE NAMED PERMANENT CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF
Nov 25, 2021
By Bob Komsic
He can drop ”acting” from his title.
General Wayne Eyre has been appointed permanent chief of the defence staff by the prime minister.
No surprise given he was promoted to full general earlier this year.
The former commander of the Canadian Army has been filling the top military role on an interim basis for Admiral Art McDonald since February.
That’s when McDonald stepped aside voluntarily due to a military police investigation into his conduct.
After the probe resulted in no charges, McDonald asked to be reinstated.
Instead the federal government put him on administrative leave in August.
In a statement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has full confidence in Eyre.
”Throughout his career, General Eyre has demonstrated dedicated service to his country and to Canadians,” the statement reads.
”Over the past year, his lived experience has played a vital role in providing strong leadership and helping Canadians across the country as they faced important and increasingly difficult challenges.”
Trudeau adds he’s certain Eyre ”will continue working hard to build and oversee cultural change in the Canadian Armed Forces, and to gain trust and confidence of survivors of sexual misconduct.”