Former PM Harper's Chief of Staff Ray Novak is testifying about what the Conservative govt was aware of when they appointed General Vance Chief of the Defence Staff.
Novak says Harper asked Vance about the info briefed to PMO by PCO on questions around Vance's relationship with a subordinate officer who Novak says PMO was told was "not in his chain of command." Novak says Harper asked Vance if there was anything else he should know.
Novak does not remember Vance saying anything in response beyond the officer in question was now his fiancée.
Novak says the Veterans Affairs Minister contacted PMO with a rumour about Vance that he had an inappropriate relationship with and/or had improperly sought to further an officer's career during his time at CFB Gagetown.
The National Security advisor said he would investigate further. Around the same time the NSA told PMO an anonymous email had been received by a senior officer at DND which alleged Vance had an inappropriate relationship in Naples, but the email contained no new info.
Novak says PMO, PCO and the MND's office actually discussed delaying the change of command for Vance if necessary so they could review the concerns brought forward.

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