Man Overboard

He was second-in-command of the Canadian Forces until an RCMP investigation cost him his job. A year later, no charges have been laid but Norman remains in limbo.
He was second-in-command of the Canadian Forces until an RCMP investigation cost him his job. A year later, no charges have been laid but Norman remains in limbo.

It was a chilly -11 C in the nation’s capital last November as thousands gathered at the National War Memorial to remember the sacrifice of Canada’s veterans. Defence minister Harjit Sajjan and veterans affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan, the government’s main representatives at the ceremony, stood at the front of the crowd along with rows of aging veterans, some in wheelchairs. The new governor general, Julie Payette, accompanied Diana Abel, that year’s Silver Cross Mother, representing all those in Canada who’d lost children in the line of duty. With Prime Minster Justin Trudeau at a summit in Asia, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau represented him among the many dignitaries who laid wreaths just steps from Parliament Hill.

Twenty kilometres away, in the east-end Ottawa suburb of Orléans, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman stood quietly somewhere among a much smaller crowd.

An hour earlier, he had dressed in his naval uniform, put on his many medals and made his way to the Orléans Cenotaph near his home. He was relatively anonymous among the Remembrance Day crowd gathered outside the local Legion branch, watching an RCMP pipe band lead a parade of veterans and other marchers to the cenotaph, observing the minute of silence and listening as a bugler played The Last Post. When the ceremony was over Norman left quietly, melting away with the rest of the onlookers.

For the past several years Norman had been part of the official federal government ceremony commemorating the fallen. But not on this day, and perhaps not ever again.

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It sounds as though the Admiral was ‘keel hauled’.  Trudeau once again shot his mouth off when he should have kept it closed.  It also sounds as if the Admiral is more likely than not a patriotic sailor. If I had to choose sides, and I will, Admiral Boyle has my backing (nearly 10 yrs naval service) whereas the RCMP (28 yrs service) does not.  Reading between the lines that says a lot without saying anything.  It sounds as if Admiral Boyle will not go down without a fight.  Good. I wish to have no Connection with any Ship that does not Sail fast for I intend to go in harm’s way.”… Read more »