I was in Ottawa today to cover the press conference held by Vice Admiral Mark Norman, after news broke late yesterday that charges against him had been dropped.
As reported in the National Post:
On Wednesday, prosecutors stayed the single criminal charge of breach of trust laid against Norman, a major victory for the senior naval officer who has always maintained his innocence in the face of allegations he leaked confidential information about a project to procure a supply ship for the Royal Canadian Navy. In announcing the decision, Crown prosecutor Barbara Mercier told the court it was necessary in part due to new evidence the defence produced in March.
She did not provide any details on what exactly that information was.
The announcement ends the two-year legal battle against the officer and heads off what would have been a politically explosive trial for the Liberal government in the middle of a federal election campaign.
During the press scrum, I pressed Mercier to reveal this "new evidence," and asked why, with all the resources of Justin Trudeau's Liberal government at her disposal, this exonerating information hadn't been discovered when the case began two years ago.
WATCH to see her reaction — it seems my question brought her press scrum to an abrupt end!