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CanadaPeter MacKay says RCMP should have questioned Tories on Mark Norman case

10:35  13 may  2019
10:35  13 may  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Andrew Leslie set to testify for the defence in Mark Norman's breach of trust trial

Andrew Leslie set to testify for the defence in Mark Norman's breach of trust trial Retired lieutenant-general Andrew Leslie — who this week announced he's retiring from the federal Liberal caucus — is expected to testify for the defence in Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's breach of trust trial, CBC News has confirmed. The one-term Ottawa-area MP "self identified" as a potential witness over a year ago — around the time Norman, his former colleague and protégé, was formally charged by the RCMP — sources tell CBC News.

+ Another former federal cabinet minister is defending Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and questioning the RCMP ’s handling of the investigation. READ MORE: Trudeau’s speculation on Norman case before charges laid ‘not the best framing of words’: Qualtrough.

Former defence minister Peter MacKay joins the Scrum to discuss the government's handling of the Norman trial and problems with the RCMP investigation. Trudeau faces questions for first time since charges dropped in Mark Norman case - Продолжительность: 5:21 Global News 102 623 просмотра.

Peter MacKay says RCMP should have questioned Tories on Mark Norman case

Another former federal cabinet minister is defending Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and questioning the RCMP's handling of the investigation.

READ MORE: Trudeau’s speculation on Norman case before charges laid ‘not the best framing of words’: Qualtrough

Peter MacKay said it was surprising that key members of the Stephen Harper government were not interviewed by the police force during its probe of an alleged leak of sensitive information about a naval shipbuilding contract worth close to $700 million.

MacKay said the RCMP did speak with him on a "very narrow issue" of a single email exchange while he was still in government.

Five lingering questions from the end of Mark Norman's criminal case

Five lingering questions from the end of Mark Norman's criminal case OTTAWA — Now that public prosecutors have decided to stay a breach-of-trust charge against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, here are five questions Canadians don't have full answers to: 1) What was the evidence that got Norman's charge stayed? The Public Prosecution Service of Canada said it received information in late March from Norman's legal team that, upon review with the evidence the RCMP provided, led them to believe there was no reasonable prospect of conviction in the case.

READ MORE: Peter MacKay says RCMP should have questioned Tories on Mark Norman case . In a letter sent on Sunday to Stephen Fuhr, the Liberal chair of the committee, Conservative and NDP members say they want to call a total of 14 witnesses to appear before the committee to answer

The RCMP say they conducted a “thorough” investigation of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman , whose criminal case ended dramatically this week when the Former Conservative Minister of Defence Peter MacKay told Power & Politics Friday that Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is a hero to this country and

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"They didn't probe any further than that particular narrow issue and it is surprising that they didn't speak to other members of the Conservative government," he told The Roy Green Show on Saturday.

"It may have led them to perhaps conclude that there wasn't sufficient grounds in the first place although it's a different threshold, a lower threshold, but the Crown obviously came to that conclusion that they were not going to be able to secure a conviction."

On Wednesday, the Crown stayed a breach of trust charge laid in 2018 against Norman, who had been removed from his post as the second-highest ranking officer in the Canadian military the previous year.

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.

READ MORE: Peter MacKay says RCMP should have questioned Tories on Mark Norman case . Justice Minister David Lametti wouldn’t say whether the government is setting aside money in case of a lawsuit. But he said the government is always prepared for lawsuits.

READ MORE: Peter MacKay says RCMP should have questioned Tories on Mark Norman case . Spengemann said all committee members agree that Norman should have a chance to tell his story but he argued the committee was not the right forum. “We should not insert him into a politically

The Crown revealed it did not have enough evidence to meet the standard of conviction required for the allegation in light of new evidence presented by the defence and third parties in a March 28 meeting between the Crown and Norman’s counsel.

The nature of that information is not clear.

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

Norman's lawyer, Marie Henein, has also questioned why members of the Harper government were not interviewed.

"One of the things we said in court is that during the course of the investigation, although the (allegations) covered a significant part of the Harper-government time period, there were no witnesses interviewed from that time period," she said on Wednesday.

MacKay suggested the case was politically motivated, calling Norman's case a "persecution" as opposed to a "prosecution."

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.

Peter MacKay says RCMP should have questioned Tories on Mark Norman case . Peter MacKay said it was surprising that key members of the Stephen Harper government were not interviewed by the RCMP during its probe of an alleged leak of sensitive information about a naval shipbuilding contract

Peter MacKay says RCMP should have questioned Tories on Mark Norman case . Peter MacKay said it was surprising that key members of the Stephen Harper government were not interviewed by the RCMP during its probe of an alleged leak of sensitive information about a naval shipbuilding contract

He said the RCMP "should have and could have availed themselves of a lot more information that was available."

"And I say it was available because the defence counsel went out and did their due diligence and spoke to people like myself and others and did what one would expect the RCMP to have done in a thorough investigation."

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

Two other former Tory cabinet ministers — now-Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and MP Erin O'Toole — have also criticized the investigation and said they were interviewed by the vice-admiral's legal team.

Kenney said he met with Norman's lawyers for about two hours in Toronto last year.

“I gave them information which I believe would have helped with his exoneration had this case gone to trial," he said.

Asked about the investigation by the Canadian Press on Friday, the RCMP declined to comment on specifics because a second criminal case is still before the courts, involving a different public servant also accused of leaking details on the 2015 procurement deal.

But in a statement, the Mounties said they respected the Crown's decision to drop the case before defending officers for having "conducted a thorough, independent and highly professional investigation."

READ MORE: Vice-Admiral Mark Norman probe was ‘thorough, independent’, RCMP says

The Liberals have steadfastly maintained that there was no political interference in the case — something the director of public prosecutions echoed in a statement on Wednesday.

With files from Amanda Connolly and the Canadian Press.

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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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