As the discharge of his weapon was, in these circumstances, a contravention of the National Defence Act
—not to mention the fact that the discharge was made just next to General Walter Natynczyk C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
, the Chief of the Defence Staff
—he can count himself lucky that he wasn’t thrown out of the Canadian Forces
altogether (the maximum penalty under the Act
for such an accidental discharge).
I nonetheless thank Brigadier General Daniel Ménard
for having served the people of Canada in a position of such high responsibility; surely our continued success in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
will have been, at least in part, due to a good deal of strong management and coordination on his part. Everyone makes mistakes, and it looks as though the brigadier general is going to be owning up to them with integrity.