Former chief of the defence staff Jonathan Vance charged with obstruction of justice

Former chief of defence staff Jonathan Vance has been charged with one count of obstruction of justice related to an ongoing military investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, CFNIS, announced the charge against Vance Thursday.

The service said it could not provide details about what is alleged to have taken place, but that it happened sometime after the CFNIS began investigating Vance on February 4, 2021.

“It was during the course of this investigation that the obstruction of justice is alleged to have occurred,” CFNIS said in a news release.

Vance is under investigation over allegations that he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a former subordinate, Maj. Kellie Brennan. He is also under investigation for a separate allegation that he sent a racy email to another female officer.

Vance denies the allegations.

The ongoing investigation and news of the charge against Vance comes as the Canadian military grapples with an ongoing sexual misconduct crisis, which has prompted calls for the resignation of Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan