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Norman case will only get ‘uglier’ for Liberals already damaged by interference optics: politicos, experts

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's legal defence is ‘gold’ for the opposition, says Tim Powers, giving the Conservatives ongoing fodder that feeds into the narrative of Liberal hubris.

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman speaks to reporters with his lawyer, Marie Henein, right, at an Ottawa court appearance in April. His legal team has since requested cabinet-level documents to defend against breach-of-trust charges stemming from a 2015 leak that the Liberals were planning to delay a shipbuilding project. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

As the case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, accused of leaking cabinet confidences, makes its way before the Ontario Court of Justice during the countdown to election 2019, the Liberals will be tarred by the perception of political interference in an ongoing drama analysts say will only get uglier.

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