Jul 12, 2019
By Gavin Day
For the fifth time since 2016, there’s a new second-in-command in Canada’s armed forces.
Lt. General Jean-Marc Lanthier has been named as Canada’s new vice-chief of defence staff. He’ll take over for Lt. General Paul Wynnyk quit earlier this week.
When Wynnyk quit on Tuesday, he cited an attempt to reinstate Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. Wynnyk said Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance planned to replace him with Norman.
Norman had breach of trust charges dropped in May after allegedly leaking government secrets. Norman originally said he’d like to return to the post but then resigned from the Canadian Armed Forces.
Lanthier’s appointment means Lt. General Wayne Eyre has been promoted to Army commander, replacing Lanthier .Rear Admiral Haydn Edmundson has been promoted to take over from Eyre as the military’s top human-resources officer.