Trudeau leaves Parliament before MPs unanimously pass motion apologizing to Mark Norman

The House of Commons passed a unanimous motion Tuesday apologizing to Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and his family for what they endured during the course of his breach of trust case that was stayed last week.

Conservative Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt rose in the House after Question Period and proposed the motion.

Ms. Raitt asked 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.”

The charge against the senior naval officer was suddenly stayed last week after Crown prosecutor Barbara Mercier said new documents provided by the defence gave more context regarding Vice-Adm. Norman’s actions surrounding the shipbuilding contract.

The decision among Liberal MPs to support the motion appears to mark a departure from the Prime Minister’s position. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to apologize for what Vice-Adm. Norman endured when asked by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Mr. Trudeau left the Commons before the motion was adopted.