Canada’s top soldier says he kept no records of discussions he had with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other senior political officials after he moved to suspend Vice-Admiral Mark Norman from duty.
Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance testified in court Wednesday as part of a third-party records hearing ahead of Norman’s criminal trial, scheduled for next August. Norman has been charged with breach of trust for allegedly leaking cabinet secrets.
The court heard that Vance had numerous meetings on Jan. 9, 2017, the day Norman was given notice he may be relieved from his duties as second-in-command of the Canadian Forces. (The actual order was signed Jan. 13, 2017, and took effect three days later.)
Vance recalled he had met on Jan. 9 with RCMP officers and other security officials