Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier takes command of the Canadian Army-Video

Video / January 18, 2019 / Project number: 18-0309


(Three generals – Outgoing Commander of the Canadian Army Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance, and Commander of the Canadian Army Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier – sit at a table outside on Parliament Hill, signing documents.)

(LGen Wynnyk is standing at a podium, speaking into a microphone.)

LGen Wynnyk: The Army team is extremely fortunate to have a new Commander who leads from the front, who cares passionately about those under his command, and who has the intellect and moral courage to guide this venerable institution.

There has been no greater privilege or honour for me than to serve as your Commander.

(LGen Lanthier is sitting in a row of VIPs.)

LGen Wynnyk: And I relinquish command knowing it is you who will continue to ensure that the Canadian Army remains strong, proud and ready.

(LGen Wynnyk finishes speaking. Audience members are clapping.)

(LGen Lanthier stands at a podium, speaking into a microphone.)

LGen Lanthier: The global environment in which we operate is constantly changing.

There is now an element of competition across the land, sea, air, space, cyber and information domains, and that is persistent. Gone are the days in black and white situations, peace or war, training or operations.

(Several audience members sit on chairs and in stands. Provincial flags stand behind the spectators, flapping in the wind. LGen Lanthier continues his speech at the podium.)

LGen Lanthier: At the very core of the Army business is the soldier. We are an Army comprised of ethical warriors of the profession of arms. Forged through the crucible of combat and operations. Driven by burning and constant desire to excel and to win

I commit to supporting our soldiers and their families. We ask from our soldiers, an unlimited degree of liability, and they are at the heart of everything we do.

I want them to know and to really believe that they and their families are being looked after. It is our responsibility to ensure that their services and sacrifices are known, recognized and valued, and that their conditions of employment reflect their expectations.

We need to ensure soldiers have the right equipment, at the right time, making the most efficient and timely use of the resources that the Government of Canada has provided to its Army.

The road ahead of me is clear and has been mapped out by Lieutenant-General Wynnyk. Strengthening the Canadian Army using our Reserve Force remains absolutely critical to the success of our operations. Only by seeing this initiative through to the end will the Army be able to carry out simultaneous operations guided by our new defence policy.

And let’s have a final round of applause for our guard, our band and our troop.

(The guard shouts out: “Hip hip, hooray! Hip hip, hooray! Hip hip, hooray!”)

(The Canadian Army wordmark appears onscreen, with text: “Strong. Proud. Ready.” Fade to the National Defense signature, then a Government of Canada wordmark.)



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