Five days after the Commanding Officer of CFB Trenton was charged, the Department of National Defence has removed Colonel Leif Dahl from his position until the outcome of the investigation and court proceedings.
Dahl was charged on August 25, 2023, after Quinte West OPP responded to the canal in Quinte West for a complaint of a firearm being discharged from a boat, stated a release by OPP.
It was reported to police that protected wildlife was being targeted.
The vessel left the area prior to police arrival but was located a short time later.
During the investigation it was learned that a firearm was thrown into the canal. The OPP’s Underwater Search and Recovery Unit was dispatched to assist in its recovery. An investigation led to a person being arrested.
Leif DAHL, is facing five charges
Obstruct peace officer – Criminal Code (CC)
Careless use of firearm – CC
Use firearm carelessly to hunt – Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act (FWCA)
Hunt bird without a licence – FWCA
Unlawfully have a loaded firearm in conveyance – FWCA
Major-General Iain Huddleston, Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division issued a statement on Wednesday August 30, 2023 stating, “On August 28, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) filed charges against Colonel Leif Dahl, the Commander of 8 Wing and Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton, stemming from an incident on August 25, 2023 when Col Dahl was on leave in the local area.
“The matter remains under investigation by the civilian authorities, and the charges against Col Dahl will be heard in civilian court on September 28, 2023. While the legal process runs its course in the civilian court system, I have decided to temporarily remove Col Dahl from command pending the outcome of the investigative process and court proceedings, and to appoint Lieutenant-Colonel Matt Lederle as Acting Wing Commander of 8 Wing and CFB Trenton.
“It is my responsibility to ensure that the members of 8 Wing have full confidence in their leadership and chain-of-command. LCol Lederle has proven himself as the current commanding officer of 429 Squadron and is the right officer to provide continuity, stability and thoughtful leadership to the Royal Canadian Air Force’s busiest Wing at this difficult time.”