Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Military's Second-in-Command to Resign, Links Decision with Mark Norman Case

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Military's Second-in-Command to Resign, Links Decision with Mark Norman Case

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Military's second-in-command to resign

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OTTAWA - The Canadian military's second-in-command has announced his surprise resignation -- and is reportedly linking the decision to an aborted attempt to reinstate Vice-Admiral Mark Norman into the position.

Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk's decision to leave the Canadian Forces, effective Aug. 9, represents the latest blow to the military, whose senior leadership has been in a state of perpetual upheaval since Norman was suspended in January 2017.

The Defence Department released a statement announcing Wynnyk's resignation late Tuesday, nearly a year after the former army commander took over the vice-chief of the defence staff position on a permanent basis. A replacement has not been named.

In the statement, Wynnyk is quoted as saying he had considered the decision for several months and decided with his wife that it was time for their family to be reunited. Wynnyk has maintained a permanent home in Edmonton.

"I would like to thank the chief of the defence staff, Gen. Jon Vance, for the confidence he showed in me when he appointed me as the vice-chief and for his leadership of the (military) during what have been challenging times recently," Wynnyk said.

Yet while Wynnyk attributed his decision to resign to his desire to return to his family, a letter obtained by Global News reportedly sent by the outgoing vice-chief of the defence staff to Vance suggests different reasons.

In particular, the letter reveals that Wynnyk had planned to retire this summer before Vance asked him last year to serve on a permanent basis as the vice-chief of the defence staff. Vance reportedly insisted on a two-year commitment from Wynnyk.

Previous to that, Wynnyk had been one in a string of senior officers filling the role in an acting capacity as the military waited for Norman's breach-of-trust case to make its way through the courts. …

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