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OTTAWA—Last month, a witness at the pre-trial hearing of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman dropped a bombshell when he told the court that senior Department of National Defence officials had deliberately omitted Vice-Admiral Norman’s name from key documents in order to avoid a paper trail. This testimony certainly supports the assertion of Vice-Admiral Norman’s legal team, headed by top-notch lawyer Marie Henein, that the government is deliberately stonewalling it from accessing documents that would be vital to the vice-admiral’s defence.

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Vice-Admiral Norman’s case takes another revealing turn

By Scott Taylor      

If one Canadian Armed Forces witness is right, the former vice-chief of defence staff’s case could point to a dangerous circumvention of access-to-information rules in DND.

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman speaks to reporters alongside his lawyer, Marie Henein, on April 10, 2018 outside an Ottawa courthouse. The former vice-chief of defence staff is charged with breach of trust over an alleged 2015 leak about the Liberal government’s possible decision to delay a shipbuilding project of the previous government. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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