Statement from the Chief of the Defence Staff


March 9, 2018 – Ottawa – National Defence

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 the Canadian Armed Forces. 

“I will continue to refrain from commenting publically on this case, as it would be inappropriate for me to do so."


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