Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was accused Thursday of politically interfering in the case of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman by claiming the naval officer would probably end up in court.
Trudeau’s office has refused to explain how and what information the prime minister had to come to the conclusion he voiced last year that Norman – who has not been charged with any crime – would wind up in court.
Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jon Vance has also declined a request by Postmedia to provide information about which officials in the prime minister’s office he provided briefings to regarding the Norman case.
But Conservative defence critic James Bezan said Trudeau has interfered in the process.
“The Prime Minister himself approved (Norman’s) suspension and publicly predicted that his case was going to end up in court without offering any explanation at all,” Bezan said Thursday in the House of Commons. “Why is the Prime Minister politically interfering in Vice-Admiral Norman’s case and denying him his right to due process.”