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The fall guy could be the general who suspended Mark Norman
May his replacement be someone like Mark Norman.
May his replacement be someone like Mark Norman.

The vindication of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman comes with a potential casualty. Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance comes out of this mess set up to be a fall guy.

It was Vance, acting on the faintest shadow of suspicion, who quickly threw Norman under the proverbial LAV.

It was Vance who publicly declared that he had lost confidence in Norman’s performance, suspending his supposed friend and second in command without a hearing.

It was Vance who insisted to media he was furious at his officers for failing to unearth code-named documents needed by Norman’s defence, only to admit under oath that he hadn’t done much to expedite the search.

And it was Vance who reported to his political masters as the Norman controversy raged, yet neglected to take notes of any conversations, including one with the Prime Minister.

Add it up and Vance seemed too eager to serve as Norman’s firing squad to appease a PMO infuriated over a leak which would normally be fairly routine.

But beyond that questionable conduct, Vance is just not an aggressive advocate for his own military.

When it comes to protesting the endangered F-35 jet fighter program, the contrived capability gap in the air force, the shipbuilding procurement mess or a military overlooked for budget spending boosts, we hear only the sounds of silence.

But I digress.

The real cringe-worthy Vance dance came with the prosecutorial termination for Norman on a breach of trust charge which had the vice-admiral demanding his job back. The CDS instantly opened his arms to Norman with an exuberance only matched by the enthusiasm he showed in suspending his second in command two years ago.

With the fourth anniversary of his general obedience as Canada’s top soldier approaching, this CDS has served long enough as parrot to the government line to be in line for a tropical diplomatic post.

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See Also:

(1) It may be untenable for Mark Norman to return to the Canadian Armed Forces

(2) Collapse of trial of Vice Admiral Mark Norman reverberates across Ottawa

(3) Who may have broken the law in the SNC-Lavalin affair?

(4) Fingers on the scales of justice

(5) Vance and the senior leadership have a change of heart about Mark Norman

(6) Trudeau tried to destroy Vice Admiral Mark Norman’s career — and it blew up in his face. What happens next?

(7) The trials and Liberal tribulations over Vice-Admiral Mark Norman

(8) Mark Norman’s prosecution couldn’t end soon enough for Justin Trudeau

(9) Who is Marie Henein? A look at Mark Norman’s high-profile defence lawyer

(10) The Mark Norman trial is over, but Justin Trudeau’s trials may have just begun



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May 11, 2019 12:07 pm

Holy moly… info coming in to me from several contacts in Ottawa who I think are fairly well ‘in the know’. It sure sounds like the proverbial crap is really hitting fan. Near panic…Trudeau trying to put this behind as quickly as possible of course before the election this fall. I say that this is not over, it has barely begun. This is an honest journalists Lotto win….we’ll see if anyone steps forward to collect. Trudeau ‘et al’ had to know/would have known many months ago that their ship was being struck by torpedoes of truth and to their horror they could see evn more were on the way. It was going down. Lowering the lifeboats…..?