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Norman case could hurt Liberals with swing voters, a ‘second proof point’ after SNC-Lavalin scandal that Liberals politically interfere to help the powerful, says pollster

By Peter Mazereeuw and Abbas Rana      

The PMO wouldn’t ‘dare’ to tell the attorney general to drop the case, says lawyer Michel Drapeau.

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, pictured April 10, 2018, in court in Ottawa with his lawyer Marie Henein. Vice-Admiral Norman is facing charges of breach of trust over an alleged 2015 leak about the Liberal government's possible cancellation of one of the previous government's shipbuilding projects. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The looming trial of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and his defence team’s allegations of political interference in the case could push swing voters away from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party, says one pollster, by shoring up a perception created by the SNC-Lavalin scandal that Mr. Trudeau’s team likes to meddle where it shouldn’t to help out big business.

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times. He reports on the Parliamentary caucuses, nomination contests, political leadership campaigns, Elections Act laws, and the Senate. Abbas loves to chat with sources on-the-record or on not-for- attribution basis especially when they have verifiable story tips that could be followed as news stories. Brown envelopes are also always a lot of interest to him. Born and raised in Pakistan, Abbas speaks Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi. When not chasing politicians down on the Hill, he likes to watch cricket and movies.
- arana@hilltimes.com


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