For­mer Cana­dian Forces sec­ond-in­com­mand re­ceives new ap­point­ment

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - moira Wy­ton @moirawyton — With files from david pugliese

a for­mer sec­ond-in-com­mand of the cana­dian Forces who re­signed fol­low­ing the Mark Nor­man af­fair was con­firmed as deputy min­is­ter of mu­nic­i­pal af­fairs on tues­day.

Lt. Gen. Paul Wyn­nyk re­signed his post as vice chief of de­fence staff over the sum­mer and will now be the top un­elected of­fi­cial on the mu­nic­i­pal file, led by Mu­nic­i­pal af­fairs Min­is­ter Kaycee Madu, fol­low­ing for­mer deputy min­is­ter Meryl Whit­taker’s re­tire­ment.

“Paul has ded­i­cated his ex­tra­or­di­nary ca­reer to serv­ing our na­tional in­ter­ests and has ex­cel­lent lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence as com­man­der of the cana­dian army and vice chief of the de­fence staff,” said Madu in an email to Postmedia on Fri­day. “We are for­tu­nate that Paul has de­cided to come home to al­berta and con­tinue his pub­lic ser­vice ca­reer as deputy min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal af­fairs.”

Wyn­nyk was asked to stay on beyond his re­tire­ment to fill Vice adm. Mark Nor­man’s job af­ter Nor­man was ac­cused of leak­ing in­for­ma­tion con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion and re­moved from his po­si­tion in 2017.

but the re­quest to have Wyn­nyk con­tinue beyond his re­tire­ment was abruptly changed by chief of the de­fence Staff Gen. Jon Vance in May, who then re­versed yet again in June.

Wyn­nyk then ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion that month, sig­nalling lead­er­ship tur­moil in the cana­dian Forces in the wake of the Nor­man af­fair, which saw Nor­man re­tire af­ter a breach of trust charge against the for­mer vice-chief was dropped by the crown in May.

Madu said Fri­day that he looks for­ward to work­ing with Wyn­nyk in his new role.

“Paul’s skills will serve our prov­ince well as we work with mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to get al­berta back on track,” said Madu.

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