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Interesting article from forum member and journalist Lee Berthiaume describing what most of us know already: The CDS is largely a political pick to push enact Government policy. We should not expect someone to rock the boat too hard against potentially Force-altering budget cuts due to massive Government deficits. Also included is a list of the 3-Leaf (star?) front runners including LGens Rouleau, Eyre, Menzinger and Coates as well as VAdm McDonald.
Next defence chief will signal Liberals' priorities for the military
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, September 13, 2020 7:10AM EDT
OTTAWA -- Time is running out for the federal Liberal government to name a new commander of the Canadian Armed Forces before it faces a confidence vote, with some observers worrying a delay could leave the military in limbo in the event of an election.
Yet exactly who will be selected to succeed Gen. Jonathan Vance as chief of the defence staff remains a mystery because while there may be one seemingly obvious choice, there are others who might suit the Liberals better.
"There's a generalized understanding that any of the individuals who have made it to three stars have demonstrated a pretty strong portfolio in terms of competencies and strengths," said Canadian Forces College professor Alan Okros.
"It then becomes an issue about where does the priority fall?"
The Liberal government has quietly indicated it wants to announce the new chief of defence staff before the speech from the throne on Sept. 23. Sources at the Department of National Defence, who are not authorized to discuss the search publicly, said interviews were conducted this past week