If you guessed that the priority for Canada’s incoming chief of defence would be preparing Canada’s Armed Forces for potential conflicts and helping defend the nation in times of need, you’d be wrong.
The obvious answer should’ve been fighting systemic racism and rooting extremism from the ranks. Those are the priorities that Justin Trudeau has set out for the new chief of the defence staff.
The new commander will replace Gen. Jonathan Vance who announced in July that he will step down after more than five years as Canada’s defence chief.
Trudeau and the Liberals are also looking to make the military more diverse by recruiting more women, visible minorities and members of the LGBTQ community.
“Someone who brings obviously significant operational and strategic skills, but someone who will be very much focused on the institutional transformations that are necessary,” Trudeau said recently when asked what they are looking for in a new defence chief.
“There is work to do to improve, and to make that organization better reflect and exemplify the values and ambitions of Canadians for a fair country.”