Tough jobs ahead for new Canada, US military chiefs

A look at how the two roles compare.

PMO Photo: Deb Ransom
Prime Minister Stephen Harper chats with incoming Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance, before the July 17 change-of-command ceremony in Ottawa.
Stephen M. Saideman
Published: Wednesday, 07/22/2015 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Tuesday, 08/11/2015 7:24 pm EDT

The United States and Canada are replacing their military chiefs at about the same time. As each starts their term in office, observers can easily confuse what each can and cannot do. The striking difference is that the US chairman can speak but not act and the Canadian chief can act but cannot speak quite as much.

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