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19:06  14 may  2019
19:06  14 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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.

Norman was commander of the navy at the time and, according to the documents, allegedly worked The case ’ s collapse has prompted questions about why the Mounties did not interview ministers in the But the RCMP suggests the former cabinet members could just as easily have approached the

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Canada's chief of defence summoned to cabinet meeting in wake of Norman case© Provided by thecanadianpress.com Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance leaves the courthouse during a break in the proceedings at suspended Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's pre-trial, Wednesday, January 30, 2019 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA — Canada's top general and the deputy minister of national defence are briefing the federal cabinet this morning a week after the criminal case against the military's former second-in-command fell apart.

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of the defence staff, and deputy minister Jody Thomas would not stop to discuss the matter on their way into the weekly cabinet meeting this morning.

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.

OTTAWA — Canada ' s top general and the deputy minister of national defence are briefing the federal cabinet Jonathan Vance, the chief of the defence staff, and deputy minister Jody Thomas would not stop to discuss Conservatives , NDP call for emergency committee meeting on Mark Norman case .

© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Vice Admiral Mark Norman reacts during a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The abandonment of the case potentially spares the government a great deal of embarrassment. Canada ' s chief of defence summoned to cabinet

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was suspended in January 2017 and then charged with breach of trust for allegedly leaking secret information about a navy contract to Quebec's Davie shipyard.

The charges were stayed last week when prosecutors said new information they'd received from the defence made them believe they had no reasonable prospect of securing a conviction.

Questions are now circling about how the case was handled by both the military and the RCMP after former Conservative minister Peter MacKay said Norman had cabinet approval to speak to Davie about the contract.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says he will not comment on the RCMP investigation.

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Liberals block opposition bid to bring Mark Norman before committee to testify.
The Liberal-dominated House of Commons defence committee has blocked a pitch by opposition MPs for a committee probe of the criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. The Conservatives and New Democrats wanted to conduct hearings to determine how the case against the military's former second-in-command collapsed, and what led to him being charged with breach of trust in the first place. The Crown withdrew the charge on May 8 — over two years after Norman was publicly named and then later formally accused of leaking cabinet secrets related to a $668 million contract to lease a supply ship for the navy.

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