Scott Brison, a veteran of the Parliament of Nova Scotia and former president of the Treasury Board, who resigned from the office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier this month, invited his lawyer to the criminal case of Vice Admiral Mark Norman to protect his personal life and protect him . reputation.
Brizon’s lawyer entered the courtroom, so Brizon can pass personal correspondence to the court in response to a subpoena from the Norman defense group, which requests both official and unofficial reports.
Although the Department of Justice coordinated a tremendous effort to collect subpoena documents, Brison refused to disclose his personal emails to the government. Instead, Brison’s attorney told the government in December that he preferred to disclose such documents in court on his own.
“Mister. Bryzon has a personal interest in the content of his personal emails,” said the applicant for the post, filed last week by Peter Mantas of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. “These include both his own records and his electoral records District.
Brison’s lawyer should make arguments on Wednesday at the hearing, which is considering requests from the Norman’s defense team for a set of documents that the government deemed classified, but which, according to Norman’s lawyers, they need to ensure his defense. The hearing was held for five days in December and lasted on Tuesday for three days.
Norman, who was the second-largest officer in the army, is accused of leaking Cabinet secrets to help the government move forward with a $ 700 million project, according to which the Quebec-based shipbuilding company Davie Shipbuilding will supply the navy. He faces a single breach of trust.
Among the documents that the Norman defense team is looking for are all communications between Brizon (including his staff and his constituency) and representatives of Irving Shipbuilding.
Irving, Davy's opponent, appealed to ministers of the Cabinet of Ministers not to continue the Davy project. Brison said he did not communicate with Irving about the project outside of the letter they sent him. Irving denied claims that they had made any attempts at political interference, and he was already entitled to attend the hearing.
Brison’s lawyer says that he is involved in the disclosure process and “does not seek to interfere with Vice-Admiral Norman’s efforts to obtain documents relating to his defense.”
Nevertheless, Brizon seeks to protect himself from "undeserved intrusions into his personal life" and to make sure that the requests are clear, according to his court statement.
The statement says that he also seeks to protect his reputation, especially against the accusation that he is close to the Irving family, which controls the shipbuilding firm. The defense uncovered evidence that one witness told the RCMP that Brison was the “Irving boy”.
“This derogatory commentary (although, apparently, its origin is contained in the testimony of witnesses) and others like him seem to suggest that the applicant decided to revise the procurement of naval supply vessels on behalf of Irving,” the statement reads. "Mr. Brison did not contact Irving when he made the decision to reconsider this purchase. Any such assumption is speculative, not supported by any evidence and is in fact false."
The statement says that Bryson “is interested in the fact that during the disclosure of documents on this issue he would not be subjected to unfair persecution with the help of gratuitous attacks on his honesty and reputation.”
General Jonathan Vance, head of the Canadian Armed Forces, was on standby to be called into the witness box on Tuesday, but this day was entirely devoted to the interrogation of the Justice Department assistant at the Ministry of Justice, who coordinates the government’s efforts to search and collect documents in court. ,
Norman’s lawyers, Marie Hoenein and Cristina Mainville, argue that the search for the government was too vague and might have missed the documents they needed to protect Norman.
Vance is now scheduled to be interrogated on Wednesday morning, where he is likely to be grilling about his interaction with journalists.
Norman’s lawyers are also likely to insist on Vance in connection with a statement in December that the Department of National Defense purposefully used pseudonyms for Norman to prevent attempts to disclose his records through requests for access to information.
On Tuesday, Mainville presented an exhibit that includes some of the pseudonyms used for Norman in documents such as “Boss” and “C34”, which mentions that he is the 34th Navy Commander.
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