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CanadaVice-Admiral Mark Norman had talks with Gen. Vance about returning to work

19:45  25 may  2019
19:45  25 may  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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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

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

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman had talks with Gen. Vance about returning to work© Justin Tang/The Canadian Press Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is shown April 10, 2018, outside a court hearing. The charge against him has since been stayed and he has spoken with Gen. Jonathan Vance about resuming his position.

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.

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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

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"As discussions are ongoing, further information will be made available in due course," he said in a statement.

A charge of breach of trust against Norman was recently stayed more than two years after he was accused of leaking cabinet secrets related to a $668-million shipbuilding deal.

When the accusations first became public, he was suspended from his post as the military's second-in-command and was formally relieved of the post almost a year ago, shortly after the Crown laid a single charge of breach of trust.

Prosecutors stayed the charge earlier this month, saying new evidence presented by the defence made it unlikely they would obtain a conviction.

Norman, following the court case, said he wanted to return to his old job, which is currently occupied by Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnick, and that he had a story tell which Canadians should hear.

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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 leaves court with his lawyers Marie Henein, right, and Christine Mainville in Ottawa on More than 230 military and federal employees working on the purchase of new fighter jets were forced to Senate ends bid to investigate case. Norman had talks about returning to work .

Political and policy questions

Since then, the former commander of the navy has been largely out of sight, with the exception of giving an interview to Postmedia where he gave a personal account of the toll the case has taken on him and his family.

Substantive political and policy questions related to how he — the second most powerful military commander in the country — ended up being accused of leaking cabinet secrets were not addressed in the interview.

Norman would have to temper his public comments because, while still serving, he is subject to military regulations that prohibit him from criticizing his superiors and government policy.

He could, however, shed a substantial amount of light on his role in helping push through a contract with the Davie Shipyard, in Lévis, Que., to lease a supply ship to the navy; the orders he was given by the former Conservative government and the extraordinary circumstances that prompted a hot-wiring of the usually lengthy procurement system to deliver the vessel, which is now in service.

The Conservatives, who are now in the opposition benches, tried and failed recently to convince the Liberal-dominated defence committee to hold hearings into the case.

Liberal MPs said it wasn't their place to question the decisions of independent agencies, such as the Crown and the RCMP.

Norman can speak his mind more freely before a parliamentary committee.

There has been talk of the slightly more independent Senate defence committee holding its own hearings, but with only a few weeks left before Parliament rises ahead of the next election, it is unlikely to get into anything substantive.

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