Peter Harder

The Globe and Mail June 21, 2019

The Senate committee that was supposed to investigate the failed prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman has become bogged down in recriminations and uncertainty around whether any hearings will ever be held.

On Thursday, Conservative Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais, who originally proposed the motion that led to the Senate national security and defence committee’s decision to study the matter, accused Peter Harder, the Government Representative in the Senate, of killing the study by preventing the committee from meeting in the summer.

The committee planned on inviting Vice-Adm. Norman, Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan to testify. It had also agreed that additional names could be added to the list, with some senators hoping to hear from former Treasury Board president Scott Brison and other senior officials.

Mr. Dagenais, one of the committee’s co-chairs, issued a press release Thursday morning accusing Mr. Harder of denying the committee’s request for an extension. “The Liberals’ strategy is clear: When the truth doesn’t work for them, the Trudeau government is ready to do anything to protect themselves,” Mr. Dagenais said.

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