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If federal government was open, Norman case wouldn’t be about disclosing secrets

By Duff Conacher      

Everyone should question whether the information about cabinet decisions that Vice-Admiral Norman allegedly shared really was secret, and therefore whether sharing that information should be included as evidence of his alleged breach of trust.

Navy commander Vice-Admiral Mark Norman on March 8 2016. He was later made vice-chief of defence staff, and then removed from that post in January 2016. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
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OTTAWA—In addressing the issues raised by the situation involving Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, some commentators, and the Trudeau cabinet, are confusing the requirements of loyalty and ethical behaviour that apply to federal public officials with the much more limited duty to keep cabinet secrets. Based on the evidence that has been made public, Vice-Admiral Norman's actions of communicating with an executive from the Federal Fleet/Chantier Davie shipbuilding company, in what seems to be an attempt to help thwart a

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