Joint Statement by the Government of Canada and Vice-Admiral Mark Norman

June 26, 2019 – With the assistance of Warren Winkler, former Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal, counsel for both the Government of Canada and Vice Admiral Mark Norman have concluded discussions, held in good faith, which have resulted in a mutually acceptable agreement, the details of which will remain confidential. Vice Admiral Norman remains committed to the Navy, the Canadian Armed Forces and their mission. However, after consulting with his family, his chain of command, and his counsel, Norman has decided to retire from the Canadian Armed…

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Asterix Returns to Canada After Year-Long Deployment

December 18, 2018 – Today, Canada’s Resolve-Class Naval Support Ship Asterix arrived back in Canada for the first time following a year-long deployment throughout the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Since delivery from Davie Shipbuilding in January 2018, the ship has maintained 100% utilization without a single day of downtime, something which is virtually unheard of in naval ship operations. During 2018, Asterix has travelled 51,062 nautical miles, performed 138 supply operations with 9 allied navies and delivered over 20 million litres of fuel at sea. She has taken part in…

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Chief of the Defence Staff Announces Flag Officer Appointments, Promotions, and Retirements

June 29, 2018 – General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, is pleased to announce an addition to the initial list of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) General and Flag Officer senior appointments, promotions, and retirements that will occur in 2018. These officers lead the CAF in defending our country’s values and interests, at home and abroad. Promotions and appointments resulting from retirements are as follows: Commodore R. Pumphrey will retire from service, resulting in the following promotion and appointment: Captain J.M. Hamilton will be promoted acting while so employed…

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Statement Regarding Vice-Admiral Mark Norman

We were advised this morning, only hours before the information was sworn, that Vice-Admiral Norman was to be charged. That lack of transparency has unfortunately been a feature of this investigation for the last year. Vice-Admiral Norman has devoted his entire career to serving Canada and our military. Not once has he ever been swayed by political or personal considerations. His love of this country and ensuring its military strength has been his only guiding principle. He remains unwavering in his commitment confident in the knowledge that he has always…

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Chief of Defence Staff Refuses to Comment on Vice Admiral Norman

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, made the following statement in response to a charge laid by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police: “Today, the RCMP charged Vice-Admiral Mark Norman with one count of Breach of Trust. “As Chief of the Defence Staff, I must consider the impact and implications of criminal charges against a senior Canadian Armed Forces Officer on our organization. This is a complex matter, separate from the judicial process. I need time to weigh these factors carefully and deliberately. “Vice-Admiral Norman remains a member of‎…

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RCMP Lays Breach of Trust Charge Against Vice Admiral Mark Norman Which May Not Stand Up in Court

As part of a criminal investigation, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) National Division Sensitive and International Investigations Section has charged 54-year-old Mark Norman with Breach of Trust under Section 122 of the Criminal Code. Norman is alleged to have illegally disclosed government information to unauthorized parties. This investigation began in December 2015 when the RCMP received a complaint alleging that cabinet confidence information about the new Trudeau government wanting to cancel the interim support ship contact for a Canadian naval supply ship from Davie Shipyard of Lauzon PQ for…

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