The disgraced former commander of Canadian troops in Afghanistan has been given a National Defence headquarters staff position.
Brig.-Gen. Daniel Ménard, who is under investigation for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a female subordinate, has been appointed to head what the department has designated as the Military Personnel Management Capability Transformation Project.
He was removed as Canada's field commander in Afghanistan late last month and ordered home after a female non-commissioned officer told of the alleged affair.
Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie, head of the army, said Ménard had been in line to take over as commander of land forces in Quebec, but given events in Afghanistan it was in the best interest of the military to give him another position.
Brig.-Gen. Alain Tremblay was given the Quebec posting and will take command on July 30.
Military police are still investigating Ménard's case and charges are possible because military regulations bar soldiers — even married couples — from having intimate relationships while on deployment.