Former Canadian Forces second-incommand receives new appointment
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.