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View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
View James Bezan Profile
2019-05-15 15:10 [p.27838]
Mr. Speaker, the Liberals are refusing to allow Thursday's emergency meeting on Vice-Admiral Norman to be televised. Canadians deserve transparency, but the Liberals would rather hide in the dark.
Vice-Admiral Norman has said he has a story to tell that Canadians want to hear. Canadians need to be assured that the Prime Minister is not orchestrating another cover-up.
My question is for the chair of the national defence committee. Will he do the right thing and have our committee meeting televised live by the House of Commons?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2019-05-15 15:23 [p.27840]
Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to present a petition on the trafficking of human organs that have been removed from victims without their consent.
This petition urges Parliament to pass legislation, both in the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, that would prevent people who have done that from entering Canada.
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
View James Bezan Profile
2019-05-15 18:30 [p.27869]
Madam Chair, I will be using my time for questions.
This is the third time in four years that the Minister of National Defence has had to appear at a committee of the whole. That is not because we are fond of him but because we have some concerns about the way he has managed the department.
The most recent report from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute on fighter jets says in the conclusion that the current government has put its own partisan political interests ahead of the interests of the Canadian Armed Forces and the men and women who serve us in uniform and ahead of our national security.
Yesterday, as members know, we passed in this House a unanimous motion to recognize Vice-Admiral Mark Norman for his loyal service to Canada. We expressed regret for the personal and professional hardship he endured from his failed prosecution, and this House apologized to him and his family for what they had experienced.
The minister, in interviews this past weekend, said that he regrets what happened to Vice-Admiral Norman and he regrets the process. Will he apologize now directly to Vice-Admiral Norman on behalf of the Government of Canada?
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
View James Bezan Profile
2019-05-15 18:32 [p.27869]
Madam Chair, that regret and apology was on behalf of the House. What about an apology on behalf of the Government of Canada, and in particular an apology on behalf of the Department of National Defence, which orchestrated his suspension and the charges that were ultimately brought forward?
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
View James Bezan Profile
2019-05-15 18:33 [p.27869]
Madam Chair, I guess the minister of defence has the same problem as the Prime Minister in that he has trouble saying sorry when he is personally involved but will apologize for things that are completely unrelated to the administration of his department or the Government of Canada.
As members know, the minister is a former police officer, so I would think he would have some interest in how this investigation was carried out. Why was this issue not dealt with through the military court martial system? What investigation was carried out by military police and the national investigation service concerning Vice-Admiral Mark Norman?
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
View James Bezan Profile
2019-05-15 18:34 [p.27869]
Madam Chair, my question asked what the military police and the national investigation service dug up first in their investigation, before Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was suspended.
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
View James Bezan Profile
2019-05-15 18:35 [p.27870]
Madam Chair, on what date did the minister learn that Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was going to be suspended, and did he sign off on that suspension?
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
View James Bezan Profile
2019-05-15 18:36 [p.27870]
Madam Chair, just yesterday in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister said during question period, “Measures were brought forward against the vice-admiral at the direction of the chief of the defence staff. That is known by everyone.” The Prime Minister then reasserted that statement.
Based on what evidence did the chief of the defence staff order Vice-Admiral Mark Norman to be suspended?
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
View James Bezan Profile
2019-05-15 18:37 [p.27870]
Madam Chair, the minister keeps referring to the process and that he took the recommendation of General Vance, chief of the defence staff, who ordered the suspension of the vice chief at the time, Vice-Admiral Norman.
Is the vice chief of the defence staff not appointed on the minister's authority? If that is the case, why was he not suspended by the minister's authority?
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
View James Bezan Profile
2019-05-15 18:37 [p.27870]
Madam Chair, I will ask again. Did the Minister of National Defence personally sign off on the suspension of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman?
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
View James Bezan Profile
2019-05-15 18:38 [p.27870]
As you know, Madam Chair, throughout this whole process, the Liberal government has been accused of withholding evidence and dragging its feet in turning over documents that were subpoenaed by the defence team of Vice-Admiral Norman. I would like to know who in the Department of National Defence counselled the minister's staff not to search their private cellphones and emails when instructed to do so by the court.
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
View James Bezan Profile
2019-05-15 18:39 [p.27870]
Madam Chair, we learned through the process that the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces tried to hide evidence and skirt around access-to-information laws. We know for a fact that they used code names to get around it. They would go to any lengths, in both the minister's office and within the department, to stifle any dissent, and they would roll over anyone getting in the way of their agenda.
How many times was the code name “Kraken” used to reference Vice-Admiral Norman in documents?
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
View James Bezan Profile
2019-05-15 18:40 [p.27870]
We know, Madam Chair, that there were code names used. We know that because a whistle-blower within the Department of National Defence testified at the pretrial hearings for Vice-Admiral Norman, and that individual asked to be protected so that there would be no repercussions or reprisals brought against him.
Will the minister personally guarantee that this individual will not be subject to reprisals for speaking out?
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
View James Bezan Profile
2019-05-15 18:41 [p.27870]
Madam Chair, just because he is using Liberal spin and trying to hide behind a few words about independence does not make it true.
It was reported by David Pugliese on December 20, 2018, as follows:
one witness Norman’s lawyers called revealed that his superior, a Canadian Forces brigadier general, told him Norman’s name was deliberately not used in internal files—meaning any search conducted for records about Norman would come up empty....
The witness, a military officer, told the court that he was processing an access-to-information request in 2017 that returned no results. When he sought clarification, [he was] told: “Don’t worry, this isn’t our first rodeo. Send back the nil return.”
I have to say that there is a culture within the minister's office to hide documentation and withhold evidence from attempts to mount a real, true independent defence.
Now I will move on. The minister's former chief of staff, Zita Astravas, was also told and coached by lawyers within the Department of National Defence not to search her personal phones for references to Vice-Admiral Norman.
Why was the minister's former chief of staff counselled to disobey a subpoena issued by a court?
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
View James Bezan Profile
2019-05-15 18:43 [p.27871]
Madam Chair, based upon what happened to Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and the fact that he was used as an example by the government to start this witch hunt, the government has brought in a culture of fear and intimidation through lifetime gag orders.
Will the Minister of National Defence please explain why he needs to put lifetime gag orders on his staff, who are military members, as well as going across other departments within the Canadian government? Was it all about intimidation? Was it all about a culture of fear and using Mark Norman as the minister's whipping boy?
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