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RCMP should drop probe into Vice-Admiral Norman, lawyer says

Post by Guest on Tue 22 Aug 2017, 17:24

RCMP should drop probe into Vice-Admiral Norman, lawyer says
STEVEN CHASE AND ROBERT FIFE
OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 1:47PM EDT
Last updated Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 1:55PM EDT



Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s lawyer is calling for RCMP to drop a long-running investigation into her client – a probe that prompted the suspension of the veteran naval officer more than half a year ago.

“Seven months later, the RCMP should close this investigation so that Vice-Admiral Norman can resume his duties,” Marie Henein said in a statement to The Globe and Mail.

RCMP alleged in court documents made public this year that Vice-Adm. Norman leaked cabinet secrets to an executive with a Quebec-based shipyard and advised the businessman how to use the media to pressure the Trudeau government into approving a $667-million naval supply-ship contract.

The investigation began in late 2015, approximately 20 months ago. Canada’s top soldier General Jonathan Vance in January suspended Vice-Adm. Norman from his post as the second-highest-ranking officer in the military after learning of the probe.

The ensuing seven months have not seen any charges announced against the naval officer.

“It has always been my view that there should never have been an investigation into Vice-Admiral Norman. That view has not changed,” Ms. Heinen said.

“Vice-Admiral Norman has always had one priority alone – serving this country. The sooner that he can resume his duties, the better we will all be.”

The allegations made against the naval officer in RCMP affidavits have not been tested in court.

The court documents includes e-mails from Vice-Adm. Norman to Spencer Fraser, CEO of Federal Fleet Services, the company in charge of refitting a cargo ship to serve as a naval supply vessel at the Chantier Davie Canada Inc. shipyard in Lévis, Que.

Vice-Adm. Norman was the commander of the navy when the Harper government awarded the contract, without competition, to Davie in 2015 in a move that was criticized as vote-pandering in Quebec. Soon after taking power in November, 2015, the Trudeau Liberals put the supply-ship project on hold after receiving a letter of complaint from Irving Shipbuilding, which already had a multibillion-dollar contract to build a fleet of warships for the navy.

Vice-Adm. Norman sought to press the Liberals into sticking with the Davie contract.

The heavily redacted affidavits provide little idea of what the RCMP allege are Vice-Adm. Norman’s motives. The senior naval officer, however, said publicly in 2016 said delays in shipbuilding programs had hurt the navy. “It’s important to keep in mind that [the delays were] completely avoidable,” he said.

Irving Shipbuilding chief executive James Irving had tried to persuade the Trudeau Liberals to kill the sole-source contract with Chantier-Davie, arguing that his firm had offered a lower-cost option. Another shipbuilding firm, Vancouver-based Seaspan, called for an open competition and said it could convert a civilian cargo ship into a military supply ship at a significantly lower cost.

E-mail correspondence with Mr. Fraser suggests Vice-Adm. Norman was critical of the four top executives at Irving Shipbuilding, a major player in Canada. In one e-mail, the admiral referred to them as the “four horsemen of the apocalypse,” a derogatory reference to malignant forces in the Bible: war, pestilence, famine and death. After the email was made public, Irving said the characterization of their executives offended the company.

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Why did the Liberals in leaky old Ottawa get so angry about shipbuilding stories?

Post by Guest on Wed 19 Apr 2017, 16:43

Why did the Liberals in leaky old Ottawa get so angry about shipbuilding stories?


Looking for clues to Liberal anger after review of $660-million supply ship project made headlines

By Murray Brewster Apr 19, 2017


In launching a criminal investigation of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, the RCMP appears to have decided that not all leaks are created equal.

Ottawa is a city of leaks.

It can be one of the more charming qualities of the place.

Leaks are often grease for the gears of government, providing grist for reporters, lobbyists and politicians.

But there are leaks, and then there are leaks.

One of the most curious aspects of the criminal investigation involving Vice-Admiral Mark Norman — whom the RCMP suspects of breach of trust and disclosing cabinets secrets — is the notion that one particular leak, involving the navy's deal to acquire a temporary supply ship, stood out among all of the other leaks that flood Canada's capital on a weekly basis.

Case in point: No eyebrows seem to have been raised when specific details about how the recent federal budget would promise, but not deliver, cash for veterans' pensions made their way into the public domain.​

Federal budget information is supposed to be among the most closely guarded of cabinet secrets — or it used to be.

So, what is it precisely about the Nov. 20, 2015, shipbuilding leak to the media that so angered the Liberals?

Why were they upset their review of the $660-million supply ship project at Quebec's Chantier-Davie Shipyard had become public?

Was it the fact the deal was cut by the Conservatives on the eve of the 2015 election?

Was it the fact the Harper government literally rewrote the regulations governing sole-source purchases in order to make it happen?

Was it because the shipyard is in the riding of then-Tory cabinet minister Steven Blaney?

Hands tied

A clue is found in the interview Treasury Board President Scott Brison gave to the RCMP where he described how the leak apparently prevented a cabinet sub-committee and the government as a whole from doing its job.

"The rendering of this [classified information] into the public domain did an awful lot to limit our ability to really do what [the committee] intended to do, and that is more due diligence on this," Brison is quoted as saying in a heavily redacted search warrant used to seize Norman's cellphone and electronics.


Treasury Board President Scott Brison says the leaks surrounding the navy's sole-source deal to acquire a temporary supply ship limited his government's ability to do its 'due diligence' on the purchase

It's not clear from the redacted document whether Brison, the Liberals' political minister for Nova Scotia, explained why cabinet felt its hands were tied.

The project was cleared to proceed days after news of the review became public, and the supply ship will be delivered in September.

But what was it about the sole-source arrangement that the newly elected Liberals wanted to ponder before signing off?

Political interference?

The easy, reflexive, politically-incendiary answer — the one many gravitated towards — is that Irving Shipbuilding leaned on the Liberal government, which had just swept Atlantic Canada.

It was through that lens that some of the first leaked stories were framed.

Irving had written to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Public Works Minister Judy Foote asking for a review of the Davie project. The message was delivered just days before the cabinet committee put the project on hold.

The letter was also copied to both Brison and Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

It's also worth noting that, based on the way it appears in the RCMP search warrant, a staffer in Brison's office seems to have been the one who twigged to the leak of cabinet secrets after the first stories appeared.

Last week, Irving issued a statement to CBC News and the Globe and Mail, which succeeded in a court fight to unseal the search warrant in the Norman case.

Kevin McCoy, president of Irving Shipbuilding Inc., suggested the timing of the letter was coincidence and not based upon any forewarning that cabinet was about to give its final approval on the Chantier-Davie project.


Kevin McCoy, president of Irving Shipbuilding Inc., says the purpose of the company's outreach to the newly elected Liberal government was simply to highlight its concerns about the supply ship deal and to request that its proposal be evaluated fairly.

"We expressed those concerns to the new government as part of an ongoing transparent dialogue," McCoy said.

Email correspondence between Norman and a friend that was leaked to the media when the search warrant was partially unsealed suggests the vice-admiral believed otherwise on the day the stories first appeared.

Irving Shipbuilding "aided and abetted by [redacted] have been looking for an opportunity to torpedo the Davie solution for sometime," says the note from Nov. 20, 2015. "My sense is that [Irving Shipbuilding] post election has significantly more political clout and are prepared to use it."

But McCoy's recent statement denies that: "Our outreach to the newly elected Government of Canada highlighted our concerns and requested that our proposal be fairly evaluated."

What he's referring to is the attempt by Irving — and other shipyards — to bid on the navy's temporary supply ship, the contract delivered to Chantier-Davie through an extraordinary sole-source deal.

Unanswered questions

All of the fog and thunder surrounding the RCMP investigation of Norman and the leaks of cabinet secrets seem to have obscured questions about why the Conservatives took extraordinary steps to secure the deal in the run-up to the last election.

For example — as The Canadian Press reported in August 2015 — cabinet had to sign off on an unprecedented change to the regulations governing sole-source purchases in order to make the deal happen.

The effect of that was to cut the federal Treasury Board, which holds the purse strings, out of the loop, according to federal officials who asked not to be named.



When the Liberals came to power, the bureaucracy couldn't tell its political masters what value-for-money taxpayers were getting from the Chantier-Davie deal.

What they could say was the procurement didn't follow the established rules and a total of six companies had expressed interest and some — including Irving — submitted lower preliminary cost estimates.

Why did the Conservatives choose to ignore the other bids and negotiate directly with Chantier-Davie?

Was this what the Liberals wanted to ponder? Were they afraid they had been left some kind of potential scandal by the Conservatives that would tarnish Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Quebec?

Neither Brison nor anyone else in the government that promised transparency will address those questions.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/norman-leaks-investigation-1.4074493



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In less than nine hours, his career was scuttled — now vice admiral has retained lawyer Marie Henein

Post by Guest on Thu 23 Feb 2017, 15:43

In less than nine hours, his career was scuttled — now vice admiral has retained lawyer Marie Henein


David Pugliese, Postmedia News February 22, 2017 | Last Updated: Feb 23 7:07 AM ET


Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Canadian Armed Forces vice chief of defence staff, at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ont. on Wednesday November 2, 2016.

Within nine hours of being informed the RCMP were investigating Vice Admiral Mark Norman, Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jon Vance had suspended his second-in-command. Vance, Canada’s top military officer, said last week that though the day he removed Norman was one of the hardest of his life, he had no choice but to act.

More than a month later, no charges have been laid against Norman and his supporters within the military question whether Vance acted too hastily and without cause in taking such a drastic and unprecedented measure.

Norman, meanwhile, has retained high-profile Toronto criminal lawyer Marie Henein to represent him. Henein defended former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi, who in 2016 was acquitted of a series of sexual assault charges. Henein, one of the country’s most prominent lawyers with a host of other high-profile victories under her belt, is known as a highly effective and tough opponent in court.

Vance has characterized Norman’s removal as temporary but has provided no timeline as to when — if ever — Norman might return to his job as vice chief of the defence staff, the second highest position in the Canadian military. However, Norman’s supporters say that Vance’s actions — and the secrecy surrounding the 53-year-old Norman’s removal — have all but scuttled the senior naval officer’s previously unblemished career.

“I think many in the naval community are optimistic that Mark Norman will ultimately be cleared,” said retired Royal Canadian Navy Capt. Kevin Carle, who knows Norman but didn’t serve with him. “Mark Norman is an excellent leader and the type of officer you want to have serving this country.”

Norman has not commented.

Military officers with knowledge of the matter said the sequence of events leading to Norman’s removal happened quickly. Vance was first briefed by the RCMP about their investigation into Norman at around 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 9. (The officers asked not to be named in this story because they are not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.) That RCMP investigation concerned alleged leaks of information about the Liberal government’s shipbuilding program and had nothing to do with national security.

In less than nine hours, Vance made his decision and completed the entire process to remove Norman, which included briefing Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan — who, sources said, did not question the actions of Vance, his former boss in Afghanistan while Sajjan was still serving in the military — and working with Canadian Forces legal authorities on the details of removing Norman from his position.

At 6:30 p.m. that same day, Norman was called into Vance’s office in Ottawa and presented with the general’s decision. He presented Norman with no other options, sources said, other than his removal from the job. Norman has since been suspended from work with full pay.

A Jan. 13 letter, signed by Vance, named Vice Admiral Ron Lloyd, head of the Royal Canadian Navy, as acting vice chief of the defence staff. Lloyd continues to serve as head of the navy as well.

Both Sajjan and Vance declined to comment for this article. Vance has previously refused to say what prompted him to remove Norman from office, but told journalists last week it was difficult for him. “I had to do it,” he explained. “But to have him leave was a bad day for me; a bad day for all of us, but sometimes, the right thing to do hurts. In this case, it was the right thing to do.” Vance has not explained why he did not move Norman to another job.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he supports Vance’s decision to remove Norman.

Asked by the Senate defence committee on Feb. 6 about the Norman case, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said he couldn’t provide an update on the matter.

Norman has a reputation as a straight arrow and his removal has shocked some in uniform, particularly those in the Royal Canadian Navy.

In November, Norman was asked to shepherd an investigation into problems at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont., an institution that has been struggling to deal with suicides and sexual assaults. When he was navy commander Norman led a 2014 crackdown on excessive drinking and the consumption of alcohol by sailors on board ships during off-hours.

It’s not clear how long Lloyd will carry his dual role. Vance’s spokesman Lt.-Col. Jason Proulx said in an email to the Ottawa Citizen last month that Lloyd “has the full confidence of the CDS to carry out both these duties for as long as is required.

“If circumstances warrant a permanent replacement to the VCDS position, the decision will reside with the CDS,” Proulx said.

At one point, Norman interviewed for the job of chief of the defence staff, though Vance was ultimately selected. After serving as commander of the navy, Norman was named vice chief of the defence staff in August 2016.

At the time Vance said Norman would “continue the legacy of strong leadership required to ensure our military continues to thrive and meet the challenges with which we are faced.”

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/in-less-than-nine-hours-his-career-was-scuttled-now-vice-admiral-has-retained-lawyer-marie-henein


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Removing military commander the ‘right thing to do,’ top general says

Post by Guest on Sat 18 Feb 2017, 14:27

Removing military commander the ‘right thing to do,’ top general says


Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff, stayed silent Friday on the circumstances that sidelined Vice-Admiral Mark Norman last month but said “was one of the hardest days of my career.”


The military has remained tight-lipped about the reasons why Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was abruptly removed from his post on Jan. 13, a mere five months after the navy veteran took over the second most powerful position in Canada’s military.

By BRUCE CAMPION-SMITH Ottawa Bureau
Sat., Feb. 18, 2017

OTTAWA — Canada’s top general says that removing Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, his second in command, from duty was tough but the “right thing to do.”

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff, stayed silent Friday on the circumstances that sidelined Norman last month but revealed a little of the impact the move has had on him personally and the organization.

“That was one of the hardest days of my career,” Vance told reporters following a speech to a defence conference.

“I’ve known Admiral Norman my entire life. To have my vice-chief leave because I had to do it — I had to do it — but to have him leave was a bad day for me and a bad day for all of us,” he said.

“But sometimes the right thing to do, hurts. In this case, it did. It was the right thing to do and the man is owed the decency of silence until you know the facts,” Vance said.

The military has remained tight-lipped about the reasons why Norman was abruptly removed from his post as vice-chief of defence staff on Jan. 13, a mere five months after the navy veteran took over the second most powerful position in Canada’s military.

At the time, the military would only say that Norman had been “temporarily relieved” of his duties. Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, the commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, is filling the post on an interim basis.

Asked about the situation Friday, Vance offered no insights into the personnel shuffle, saying only that Norman was owed privacy as the “system” ran its course.

“The decent thing to do for Admiral Norman is to let happen what is happening and not speculate and not try to find sources that may not have all the information,” he said.

“It is a situation that makes none of us happy at all. I’m not happy, nor is he. It is a difficult situation for all of us,” Vance said.

“The decent thing to do right now is to respect the fact that as a professional, I have an obligation to protect that man’s privacy,” he said.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/02/18/removing-military-commander-the-right-thing-to-do-top-general-says.html


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Leak of information about shipbuilding plans behind removal of senior military officer, sources say

Post by Guest on Thu 19 Jan 2017, 05:52

Leak of information about shipbuilding plans behind removal of senior military officer, sources say

David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen | January 17, 2017 5:01 PM ET


Vice Chief of the Defence Staff Vice Admiral Mark Norman was removed from command early Monday, Department of National Defence sources say.

An alleged leak of information related to the federal government’s troubled shipbuilding plans is behind the removal of the second highest military officer in Canada, sources say.

Vice Admiral Mark Norman, the vice chief of the defence staff, was temporarily removed from his command by Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jon Vance, the Canadian Forces confirmed Monday.

Sources say the RCMP are involved in an investigation involving Norman and allegations of leaked information.

The probe, dealing with the alleged release of sensitive information about the navy’s shipbuilding plans, has been ongoing.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declined Tuesday to provide any additional details.

The chief of defence staff took a decision and this government supports Gen. Vance in the decision that he took

“The chief of defence staff took a decision and this government supports Gen. Vance in the decision that he took,” Trudeau told a news conference in New Brunswick. “I have nothing further to say on this at this time.”

But questions are being raised privately inside DND headquarters in Ottawa about what appears to be quickly turning into a crisis in command.

Vance, who selected Norman for his job, signed the letter removing the vice chief of the defence staff on Jan. 13 and then quickly left the country. The Forces won’t say why Vance left, where he went or exactly when. Sources indicate he is attending meetings in Europe and is believed to have left Canada the morning after signing the letter.

Vance has ordered a blackout on information about Norman, fuelling various theories about why he was removed from command.

“I understand there is a great deal of speculation surrounding the circumstances that led to my decision with regards to VAdm Mark Norman,” Vance said in a statement emailed to the Ottawa Citizen on Tuesday. “For privacy considerations, I am unable to provide further information.”

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/leak-of-information-about-shipbuilding-plans-behind-removal-of-senior-military-officer-sources-say

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Re: Mark Norman, outspoken military vice-chief, relieved of duty without explanation

Post by pinger on Tue 17 Jan 2017, 17:50

Given his rank and how quick they acted? this really stinks like sour squirrel pxxx. Not good, but you just never know . . .
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Post by Bruce72 on Tue 17 Jan 2017, 17:27

Suspended vice-admiral being investigated for alleged leak of classified shipbuilding data

An allegation that Canada's second-highest ranked military commander leaked classified technical information related to the country's shipbuilding program is being investigated by the RCMP, CBC News has confirmed.

Mystery still shrouds the sudden removal of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, but sources say the Mounties became involved after it was determined an investigation of the accusations by military police would constitute a conflict of interest.

As the vice-chief of defence staff, Norman has been responsible for the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, which includes military police.

The RCMP are conducting a full-fledged investigation, the sources told CBC News.

Norman, who was pegged as a possible successor to Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance, was relieved of his duties on Monday. The move was characterized as "temporary" by Vance's office, which has refused to answer questions about the circumstances.

The Globe and Mail reported Monday that Norman's removal was related to the possible leak of classified information.

Sources tell CBC News that the classified information involved technical information about the navy's shipbuilding requirements and expectations.

Defence sources, speaking to CBC News on the condition of anonymity, say the allegation predates Norman's appointment as vice-chief last summer and likely extends back to his time as commander of the navy.

None of the sources were able to say how serious the breach might have been, but insisted that neither the media nor a foreign power received the information.

Shipbuilding link

It has been suggested inside National Defence that the alleged leak involved the defence industry, which has been engaged in cutthroat competition over the planned multibillion-dollar frigate replacement program.

While in charge of the navy, Norman was intimately involved over several years in the development of requirements for the new warships.

Bidders were recently asked to submit proposed warship designs to the federal government's go-to shipyard, Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax.

Before a request for proposals goes out to potential contractors, most of the military's classified annexes are removed.

Defence sources say a leak of data would likely have involved portions of those classified addenda.

During his tenure as navy commander, Norman was also at the forefront of the decision by the former Conservative government to sole-source the lease of a navy replenishment ship from Federal Fleet Services Inc., which runs the Davie Shipyard in Levi, Que.

PM backs decision on suspension

The investigation into the alleged leak has been underway for some time and pre-dates the current Liberal government, according to one well-placed source.

Asked for comment, the RCMP said it "does not generally confirm or deny who or who may not be subject of an investigation."

"This is done to protect the integrity of an investigation, the evidence obtained and the privacy of those involved," Sgt. Julie Gagnon said in an email.

Military police said Monday they have not conducted a probe into Norman's activities, nor were they co-operating with an outside law enforcement agency, which has been the practice in previous national security cases.

Although the RCMP are apparently not bound by law to inform the military that one of their own was under investigation, the Mounties have served notice as courtesy in the past.

Additionally, whenever National Defence — or other federal departments — suspect a leak, an internal review is carried out by the department's security officer. There is no indication whether that took place in this instance.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked about the controversy on Tuesday during his town hall in the Maritimes. He refused to discuss specifics, but said he backed the military's decision to suspend Norman.

On Monday, Norman, who was appointed to the post of vice-chief of defence staff last summer, was suspended but not stripped of his command.

National Defence remains silent

There has been no explanation from National Defence for the unprecedented move.

No military commander in recent memory, at such a senior a level, has been told to relinquish his duties, according to several defence experts.

Officials in the chief of defence staff's office put out a statement characterizing Norman's removal as "temporary" and that his successor at the helm of the navy — Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd — would step in on an interim basis and serve as vice-chief "effective immediately."

Under Defence Department procedures, Norman would have been given a letter detailing the allegations against him and he would have had 48 hours to respond.

The letter was apparently served to him Monday morning, but the internal directive ordering that he hand over his post was signed and dated on Friday.

Removal shocks colleagues

Sources say Norman was not in the office during the latter half of last week. The official explanation was that he was "working on a special project," but it is now believed that the crisis came to a head internally around that time.

His removal caught many at National Defence headquarters by surprise, with several key staff finding out news via media or social media.

Norman has a reputation as a no-nonsense straight-shooter.

He is overseeing an investigation into suicides and harassment at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont.

And in 2014, he led a crackdown on heavy drinking and partying by sailors during off-duty hours following a spate of embarrassing incidents.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/politics/norman-shipbuilding-leak-1.3939685

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Re: Mark Norman, outspoken military vice-chief, relieved of duty without explanation

Post by Guest on Mon 16 Jan 2017, 17:10

This is a joke, they suspended him and don't provide the why?

I heard of top secret, but I think our top brass are taken this a bit to far.

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Mark Norman, outspoken military vice-chief, relieved of duty without explanation

Post by Bruce72 on Mon 16 Jan 2017, 16:55

The country's second-highest military commander has been temporarily relieved of his duties under mysterious circumstances, but officials at National Defence made clear on Monday Vice-Admiral Mark Norman has not been the subject of a criminal investigation by the Forces.

News leaked early in the day that Norman, who was appointed to the post of vice chief of defence staff last summer, was suspended but not stripped of his command.

A letter circulating among senior commanders of the military, dated Friday, says Norman was removed from his job "effective immediately" and will be replaced on an interim basis by the head of the navy, Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd.

The country's top military commander, Gen. Jonathan Vance, ordered Norman to relinquish his responsibilities and offered no explanation.

Officials in Vance's office refused to provide further comment on the circumstances, but an official with the Canadian Forces National Investigative Service said the organization is aware of the order by the chief of defence staff.

"Military police are not investigating any matter regarding Admiral Norman at this time," said Lt. (navy) Blake Patterson, who added the service has also not been asked to assist in any outside law enforcement agency.

National Defence has refused to say whether any other kind of administrative investigation is underway.

A statement from Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan backed Vance, but also did not provide further explanation.

"I fully support the decision taken by the (chief of defence staff) to relieve the (vice chief of defence staff) from the performance of military duty," Sajjan said.

Under military law, an officer can be relieved of duties for administration or internal reasons related to discipline. The exceptional act can also occur in advance of the military trial.

Retired colonel Michel Drapeau, a legal expert, says he can't remember when someone so close to the top of the military was removed from their responsibilities under such a cloud.

"It is extremely unusual," he said.

Conservative defence critic James Bezan said the Forces and National Defence hadn't provided "any reason" as to why Norman was temporarily relieved of his duties. 

"This situation is unprecedented and it is odd that the government and the military are not providing any details. Of course we expect all necessary precautions to be taken when there are national security and privacy implications involved," Bezan said. 

"However, when a decision of this magnitude is made Canadians deserve to be kept informed."

Rare cases

There have been a handful of cases in recent years where senior overseas commanders have been ordered to step down because of allegations of inappropriate relationships.

In at least one case, the accusations were later found to be baseless.

The statement by military police effectively removes any suggestion Norman's suspension might be related to the ongoing campaign to stamp out sexual misconduct and abuse within the ranks.

That scandal has shaken National Defence to its core.

Some in the defence community, such as Drapeau, have been concerned about the seemingly arbitrary way senior brass have handled cases involving high-ranking officers.

The example often cited is the former commander of Canadian peacekeeping troops in Haiti, retired colonel Bernard Ouellette. He was stripped of his post after allegations were made of an  "inappropriate relationship" with a United Nations staffer following the massive earthquake in 2010.

After being relieved Ouellette was the subject of two internal investigations, which cleared him. The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service concluded, at the time, there was "insufficient evidence to support the charge."

The military's internal grievance authority also said Ouellete was treated unfairly and "was not afforded procedural fairness."

The once-rising star within the military eventually sued the federal government, but the case was tossed out by the Federal Court.


http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/politics/norman-military-relieved-1.3937401

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