The command team for the Canadian Forces logistics training centre has been quietly replaced after complaints were levelled against those leaders, this newspaper has confirmed.
The shakeup in leadership affects the Canadian Forces Logistics Training Centre located at the military base in Borden, Ont. The centre, also known as CFLTC, is responsible for training a number of trades in the military, including ammunition technicians, supply and transport officers and logistics specialists.
Lt.-Col. Shawn Courty was temporarily removed from the command of CFLTC on June 28 following “the reception of complaints about his conduct while Commandant of CFLTC,” National Defence spokesperson Andrew McKelvey confirmed in a statement. “A disciplinary investigation was initiated on June 29, 2023, to better understand the nature and scope of the alleged misconduct,” he added.
In addition, on April 4, a complaint was lodged against Chief Warrant Officer Michael Delarge, who at the time was the Regimental Sergeant Major for CFLTC, McKelvey said.
The chief warrant officer enforces and advises on disciplinary matters for the lower ranks.
Delarge relinquished his appointment of his own accord on May 5, McKelvey said.
He is currently a senior ammunition technician in Ottawa.
The allegations against both members are unrelated to each other, a statement from the Canadian Forces said.
Both Courty and Delarge were asked for comment, but did not respond.
The Canadian Forces declined to provide specific details of the complaints that had been submitted to the military, citing ongoing reviews.
McKelvey said the investigation involving Courty was conducted by an officer of superior rank from outside his formation. “The findings of that investigation are still pending,” he added.
The investigation involving Delarge is being conducted by a third party specializing in conflict resolution. That specialist is from the Canadian Forces, McKelvey said.
No other details were provided.
Courty has been assigned administrative duties within the Military Personnel Generation Training Group. He was scheduled to be posted out of CFTLC this summer and his next posting has been delayed until the completion of the investigative process.
“A new command team is now in place at the CFLTC,” McKelvey added. “Ensuring that we are providing everyone in the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence with a safe workplace is a top priority for our organization.”
Over the past two years, the Canadian military has been rocked with allegations of sexual misconduct and other ethical lapses by senior leaders.
Retired chief of the defence staff Gen. Jon Vance faced a number of sexual misconduct allegations before eventually pleading guilty to one count of obstruction of justice.
Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin was charged with one count of sexual assault, but was acquitted in civilian court. He is now suing the federal government and senior military leaders.
Vice-Adm. Haydn Edmundson has pleaded not guilty to one count of indecent acts and one count of sexual assault. His civilian trial has been delayed.
Lt.-Gen. Trevor Cadieu, who has since retired, has been charged with two counts of sexual assault related to an alleged incident at the Royal Military College in 1994. He denies all charges. Cadieu’s trial is expected to start next year.
Military police charged Lt.-Gen. Steve Whelan with two counts of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline. Police said the matter related to an alleged inappropriate relationship with a subordinate. Whelan’s court martial is expected to start Sept. 25.
Chief of the Defence Staff Adm. Art McDonald stepped aside in 2021 after he faced an investigation by military police into allegations of sexual misconduct. No charges were laid, but McDonald did not return to his job as top leader of the military. He has since retired.
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