The attempted prosecution of vice-admiral Mark Norman that ended in a stayed charge against the former second-in-command of Canada’s military cost the government $1,425,389.68, according to new information tabled in the House of Commons.
The dollar figure was revealed in yesterday’s Hansard – the document of record for the House, in response to a question posed on the Order Paper by Conservative MP and leadership hopeful Erin O’Toole. O’Toole was notably a constant critic of the government’s treatment of Norman throughout his trial.
Short answers to questions posed by MPs on the Order Paper are typically answered in the Hansard. O’Toole had asked what the total expenditures were by the government for investigating and prosecuting Norman, broken down by type of cost, but was only told the grand total because the other information is legally protected, according to the answer that was attributed to Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti.