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Defence policy and advice from the department should be an amalgamation of perspectives

By Richard Shimooka      

While the DND leadership put forward what it believed to be the best approach, based on existing government policy, Mark Norman’s advice itself changed what government policy was.

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman pictured May 8, 2019, leaving court in Ottawa after the federal government dropped a breach of trust charge resulting from leaking cabinet secrets on the federal shipbuilding strategy. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Over the past several months, the trial and eventual stay of charge on Vice-Admiral Mark Norman has been a spectacle for Canadians. Behind the immediate headlines, however, is a broader and much more consequential debate on the organization and responsibilities within the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

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