The House of Commons unanimously passed a motion to apologize to Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and his family for what they endured over the course of a breach-of-trust case that collapsed last week.
A couple of key Liberals, however, weren’t there for the vote.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan were absent when Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt rose in the House after Question Period, shortly after 3 p.m., proposing a motion asking that the House “recognize Vice-Admiral Mark Norman for his decades of loyal service to Canada, express regret for the personal and professional hardships he endured as a result of his failed prosecution and apologize to him and his family for what they experienced during their legal conflict with government.”
Mr. Trudeau’s office said he had to fly to Hamilton, while Mr. Sajjan’s office said he left the House because he had “a previously scheduled engagement.”
The decision among Liberal MPs to support the motion to apologize marks a departure from the Prime Minister’s position. In Question Period Tuesday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh pointedly asked Mr. Trudeau to apologize, and he declined.
Meanwhile Tuesday, RCMP investigators said they haven’t seen the new evidence that led to the stay of a breach-of-trust charge against the naval officer.
In an interview with the Canadian Press, two RCMP officers involved with the Norman probe emphasized the importance of independence in their work, even as opposition MPs continued to accuse the Trudeau government of orchestrating the investigation.
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