Accused Admiral Breaks Silence after First Court Appearance

April 10, 2018 2:31 pm Last Updated: April 10, 2018 2:31 pm

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman made a court appearance in Ottawa on Tuesday concerning an accusation that he leaked sensitive information about a shipbuilding project.

Norman says he’s eager to deal with the criminal charge he faces and return to serving Canadians.

Norman was charged last month with breach of trust and denies any wrongdoing. He is slated to return to Ontario court May 15 to begin setting a timetable for proceedings.

“I’m anxious to get to court, get this dealt with as quickly as possible, and get back to serving the people of Canada,” he said following the appearance.

Norman, who was the military’s second-in-command until suspended from duty early last year, faces up to five years in prison. The case revolves around a November 2015 decision by the newly elected Liberal government to reconsider a $700-million contract the Harper Conservatives had awarded to Quebec-based Davie Shipbuilding.