Close X
Saturday, May 25, 2019
ADVT 
National

Chief Of Defence Staff, DND Deputy Minister Brief Federal Cabinet

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 14 May, 2019
  • Chief Of Defence Staff, DND Deputy Minister Brief Federal Cabinet

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


Both the prime minister's office and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan's staff say the staying of charges against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is not what Gen. Jonathan Vance and deputy minister Jody Thomas went to cabinet to discuss.


Neither would stop to talk on their way into the regular cabinet meeting Tuesday morning.


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 quality of the RCMP investigation.


"The RCMP functions totally at arm's length from the government of Canada in conducting investigations," Goodale said. "They make their own decisions. They conduct themselves in a professional manner."


Justice Minister David Lametti would not speculate on whether he is expecting Norman to sue the government nor would he say if Ottawa is setting aside any money against the prospect of such a lawsuit.

MORE National ARTICLES

Edmonton Restaurant Won't Mess With Mother Goose That Has Nest Near Patio

Edmonton Restaurant Won't Mess With Mother Goose That Has Nest Near Patio

EDMONTON — An Edmonton restaurant says it won't mess with a Canada goose that has a nest near its patio.

 

 

Edmonton Restaurant Won't Mess With Mother Goose That Has Nest Near Patio

Famed UFO Researcher Stanton Friedman Dead After Half Century Of Lectures

Famed UFO Researcher Stanton Friedman Dead After Half Century Of Lectures

FREDERICTON — Stanton T. Friedman, nuclear physicist, lecturer and world-renowned devotee of extraterrestrial existence, has died at the age of 84.

 

 

Famed UFO Researcher Stanton Friedman Dead After Half Century Of Lectures

Crown Appeals Acquittal Of Ex-Violin Teacher Who Measured Students' Bare Breasts

Crown Appeals Acquittal Of Ex-Violin Teacher Who Measured Students' Bare Breasts

Prosecutors are asking Ontario's highest court to overturn the acquittal of a former violin teacher who measured his teenage students' bare breasts while fitting them for shoulder rests.

 

 

Crown Appeals Acquittal Of Ex-Violin Teacher Who Measured Students' Bare Breasts

Judge Awards Businessman $2.5 Million For Suffering 'Hate Speech At Its Worst'

Judge Awards Businessman $2.5 Million For Suffering 'Hate Speech At Its Worst'

Ontario Superior Court Justice Jane Ferguson ordered Kevin J. Johnston to pay a total of $2.5 million in damages for defamation to Mohamad Fakih, the owner and founder of Paramount Fine Foods.

Judge Awards Businessman $2.5 Million For Suffering 'Hate Speech At Its Worst'

Mounties In Saskatchewan Investigating Video Of Nazi Flag-Burning

Mounties In Saskatchewan Investigating Video Of Nazi Flag-Burning

KELLIHER, Sask. — RCMP in Saskatchewan are investigating a video on social media that they say shows someone burning a Nazi flag which a man claimed to have removed from a rural home.

Mounties In Saskatchewan Investigating Video Of Nazi Flag-Burning

Liberals Push Tories To Show Climate-Policy Hand With Climate-Change Motion

Liberals Push Tories To Show Climate-Policy Hand With Climate-Change Motion

OTTAWA — Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is pushing Parliament to declare that Canada is in a "climate change emergency."

Liberals Push Tories To Show Climate-Policy Hand With Climate-Change Motion

PrevNext