Leader under investigation for sexual misconduct began military career in Vernon

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The latest Canadian military leader at the centre of a swirling sexual misconduct scandal began his military career in Vernon.

Lt.-Gen. Trevor Cadieu was born in Saskatchewan and raised in Vernon, where he was an air cadet before joining the Canadian Armed Forces, according to a 2017 report by the Edmonton Journal.

Sources close to local cadet organizations say they recall Cadieu and his brother training in Vernon.

Cadieu is the latest in a string of military leaders to face allegations of misconduct.

The incoming commander of the Canadian Army has denied any wrongdoing after the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service revealed last week the senior officer is under investigation.

Cadieu previously served in Bosnia and Afghanistan and was about to be installed as head of the army when the revelations were made public.

The ceremony was postponed two days before it was due to happen after the investigation service announced it is investigating "historical allegations" regarding Cadieu.

A 29-year veteran of the military, Cadieu most recently provided analysis to the chief of the defence staff.

The CFNIS confirmed to the investigation relates to an allegation of sexual misconduct.

"The allegations are false, but they must be investigated thoroughly to expose the truth," Cadieu said in his own statement.

"I know that these false claims will, as intended, create doubts about my ability to lead in this environment. While I have devoted every day of my career to making fellow members feel respected and included, Canadian Army soldiers deserve a leader who is unencumbered by allegations and can lead at this important time when culture change, addressing systemic misconduct and preparing tactical teams for operations must remain the priority effort."

Cadieu spent 17 years of his military career with the 3rd Canadian Division in both regular and reserve units. Upon his commissioning in 1995, he was posted to the Lord Strathcona’s Horse regiment in Edmonton.

He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Cross.

In Kandahar, he served as as reconnaissance squadron battle captain and later as a Leopard tank squadron commander. He also commanded the Canadian task force in Jerusalem as part of Canada’s commitment to Palestinian security, and assumed command of the 3rd Canadian Division/Joint Task Force West in 2017.

Vernon's cadet camp opened in 1949. During the Second World War, it had been used as a infantry basic training centre. The 223 Red Lion Squadron Air Cadets still train just across the highway on the Department of National Defence grounds.

– with files from The Canadian Press

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