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CanadaMark Norman affair needs public inquiry, Scheer says

07:45  18 may  2019
07:45  18 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.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Canada needs a public inquiry into the case of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman . On Parliament Hill Friday, Scheer says a

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Canada needs a public inquiry into the case of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman . On Parliament Hill Friday, Scheer says a

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

Speaking on Parliament Hill, Scheer said a full investigation is justified to examine how the military's former second-in-command came to be charged over alleged leaks of cabinet secrets about a shipbuilding contract.

The Opposition leader also said he has questions about Trudeau's role in launching the original leak investigation and whether the government behaved improperly in resisting the release of documents to Norman's lawyers.

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

GoFundMe campaign for Vice-Admiral Mark Norman will remain active for now Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan told reporters on Wednesday that the government would cover Norman’s legal fees, did not provide an exact amount. “Once we get all the information, then we’ll have a much better answer for that,” he said. 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 They weren’t withdrawn.

Scheer says a full investigation is justified to examine how Norman came to be charged over alleged leaks of cabinet secrets about a shipbuilding OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must launch a public inquiry into the case of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman , Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Canada needs a public inquiry into the case of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman . "I call on Justin Trudeau to conduct a formal public inquiry into exactly how and why the RCMP were called in to investigate Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and to any other relevant

"I call on Justin Trudeau to conduct a formal public inquiry into exactly how and why the RCMP were called in to investigate Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and to any other relevant issues surrounding this affair," Scheer said.

Norman faced one count of breach of trust, over an alleged attempt to undermine the federal cabinet's decision on buying a refitted supply ship for the navy from Quebec's Davie shipyard by slipping Davie confidential information.

The case collapsed last week after Crown prosecutors got new information from the defence that convinced them they stood no reasonable chance of landing a conviction — evidence apparently related to direction Norman received from the previous Conservative government about dealings with Davie.

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.

+ OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Canada needs a public inquiry into the case of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman . On Parliament Hill this afternoon, Scheer says a full investigation is justified to examine how the military’s former second-in-command came to be charged with over

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must launch a public inquiry into the case of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman , Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said Friday. Scheer was re - elected in the 2015 federal election in which the Conservative government was defeated.[36] He was appointed Leader of

On Thursday, the Liberal majority on the House of Commons defence committee rejected an opposition effort to start a committee investigation into the Norman affair, accusing the Conservatives of ignoring the facts in a bid to tar the governing party five months before an election.

Despite statements from prosecutors that the prime minister didn't put political pressure on them — Kathleen Roussel, the head of the federal prosecution service, sent an unusual statement to that effect after the case ended — Scheer alleged Friday that Trudeau interfered.

"His fingerprints have been on this from Day 1," Scheer said, adding that Norman deserves a personal apology from the prime minister.

At an event for Royal Military College graduates in Kingston, Ont., Gen. Jonathan Vance told CTV News that Trudeau played no role in suspending Norman before he was charged.

"The prime minister did not pressure me to suspend him, OK?" said the chief of the defence staff, Norman's only superior in the Canadian Armed Forces. "My decision, my decision alone because of the Code of Service Discipline and the Queen's Regulations and Orders. Not the prime minister, not the minister, me. I own it."

The Tories will try to keep the issue alive when the House of Commons returns after a break week. On Friday, the party gave formal notice of a motion demanding the Prime Minister's Office release a 60-page memo on the case that Michael Wernick, the then-clerk of the Privy Council, sent Trudeau in October.

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Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and his boss, Gen. Jonathan Vance, have held amicable, but so far inconclusive, talks about the former vice chief of the defence staff returning to work. A spokesperson for the Department of National Defence has confirmed that the two held a meeting on the holiday Monday of this week. Dan Le Bouthillier described the discussion as "cordial" with more to take place. "As discussions are ongoing, further information will be made available in due course," he said in a statement.

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