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CanadaGoFundMe campaign for Vice-Admiral Mark Norman will remain active for now

15:16  10 may  2019
15:16  10 may  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Former Harper ministers MacKay, Kenney and O'Toole helped Vice-Admiral Norman's defence

Former Harper ministers MacKay, Kenney and O'Toole helped Vice-Admiral Norman's defence Three former federal cabinet ministers have confirmed they spoke to Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s defence team about information that may have been key to the Crown’s decision to halt the criminal prosecution of the military’s former second-command.

+ The GoFundMe campaign that has amassed more than 0,000 for Vice - Admiral Mark Norman ’s legal defence will remain active for now . Story continues below. READ MORE: Vice Admiral Mark Norman vindicated as Crown stays breach of trust charge against him.

“ Vice - Admiral Norman , you entered a plea of not guilty,” Justice Heather Perkins-McVey told him shortly Liberal MP Andrew Leslie hugs Vice Admiral The GoFundMe campaign that has amassed more than 0,000 for Vice - Admiral Mark Norman ’s legal defence will remain active for now .

GoFundMe campaign for Vice-Admiral Mark Norman will remain active for now © THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Vice Admiral Mark Norman arrives to court with lawyer Marie Henein in Ottawa.

The GoFundMe campaign that has amassed more than $430,000 for Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s legal defence will remain active for now.

READ MORE: Vice Admiral Mark Norman vindicated as Crown stays breach of trust charge against him

Lee Hammond, the retired army colonel who maintains the fundraising page, told Global News that the fund will continue accepting donations until the government specifies exactly how much of Norman’s legal bill it will cover, and other details.

“We have no idea when the government will reimburse his legal fees, how much they will reimburse, whether they will contest anything,” Hammond said in a phone interview on Thursday.

Mounties defend their handling of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman case

Mounties defend their handling of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman case The RCMP say they conducted a “thorough” investigation of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, whose criminal case ended dramatically this week when the Crown stayed a single charge of breach of trust. The Mounties released a statement Friday afternoon defending their handling of the entire matter and stating they respect the decision of the Public Prosecution Service to stay the charge. The comprehensiveness of the investigation into the military's former second-in-command was called into question when it was revealed that the case was dropped because of new information unearthed by Norman's defence team.

Vice - Admiral Mark A. G. Norman CMM CD (born 1963 or 1964) is a Royal Canadian Navy officer. He took up the post of Vice Chief of the Defence Staff of Canada on August 5, 2016. Vice - Admiral Mark Norman speaks briefly to reporters as he leaves the courthouse in Ottawa following his A fundraising

Admiral Mark Norman Legal Defence. GoFundMe will help with any extenuating circumstances around your refund. If you don’t wish for a refund, there is no need to take any action , and your donation will be directed to the charities mentioned Yours Aye, Mark Norman Vice - Admiral (Ret’d).

The Crown stayed its breach of trust charge against Norman on Wednesday due to a lack of evidence to convict him. Norman was accused of leaking cabinet secrets pertaining to a $668 million naval contract. Norman’s legal defence team, lead by high-profile lawyer Marie Henein, brought forward new evidence in March during a meeting with the Crown, although it is unclear what that evidence was.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan told reporters on Wednesday that the government would cover Norman’s legal fees. When asked if that meant the entirety of his bill, Sajjan did not provide an exact amount. “Once we get all the information, then we’ll have a much better answer for that,” he said.

COMMENTARY: With so many questions around the Mark Norman case, a public inquiry is needed

COMMENTARY: With so many questions around the Mark Norman case, a public inquiry is needed The collapse of the case must not be the final word. There is still so much we simply don’t know. READ MORE: Kenney says he provided info, offered to testify in Mark Norman case We don’t know why Norman was charged with criminal breach of trust. We don’t know why the government seemed so hell-bent on destroying his career. We don’t know what convinced the crown to stay the charge.

READ MORE: GoFundMe campaign for Vice - Admiral Mark Norman will remain active for now . That was despite accusations Norman provided confidential information about a 0-million shipbuilding contract to a Quebec shipyard, its lobbyists or the media on 12 occasions starting in

Vice - Admiral Mark A. G. Norman CMM CD (born 1963 or 1964) is a Royal Canadian Navy officer. He took up the post of Vice Chief of the Defence Staff of Canada on August 5, 2016, but he was temporarily relieved of the post on January 16, 2017 and was permanently removed on June 27, 2018

Hammond said he spoke to Norman by phone on Thursday about the GoFundMe campaign. “We feel like it would be premature to shut down the account down just yet,” he said. “We have to proceed with caution here.”

“The one thing to remember is that these charges were stayed. They weren’t withdrawn.” Unlike a criminal charge that is withdrawn, a stayed charge can be resurrected within one year.

Hammond said that the vast majority of the funds raised have already been paid to Norman's legal team. But there has been an uptick in donations in recent days. Hammond added that no funds will be withdrawn from the account any further “until we have clarity.”

The GoFundMe campaign had received more than 3,460 donations since it was created last January, including from former defence minister Jason Kenney. The highest donation so far is $25,000 from an anonymous donor.

READ MORE: Kenney says he provided info, offered to testify in Mark Norman case

Conservatives, NDP call for emergency committee meeting on Mark Norman case

Conservatives, NDP call for emergency committee meeting on Mark Norman case The opposition parties are forcing an emergency meeting of the national defence committee to investigate the government's conduct in the Mark Norman trial.

Vice - Admiral Mark Norman arrives at the courthouse in Ottawa in September 2018. The Mounties issued the statement after court documents He is accused of leaking cabinet documents related to the same meeting. That case is still active and will go before a judge for a preliminary hearing in the fall.

Admiral Mark Norman Legal Defence - Update 9 August 19 From Admiral Norman : Dear Friends and Supporters, Thank you GoFundMe will help with any extenuating circumstances around your refund. If you don’t wish for a refund, there is no need to Yours Aye, Mark Norman Vice - Admiral (Ret’d).

Donations continued to flow in throughout Thursday.

Sajjan’s department had previously declined to pay the legal fees for Norman, who once held the second-highest position in the Canadian military. Sources have told Global News that Norman’s legal fees could be in excess of $500,000.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Henein urged the government to “say sorry” to Norman. Norman said that he is looking forward to returning to work.

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Mark Norman affair needs public inquiry, Scheer says.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must launch a public inquiry into the case of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said Friday. 

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