Military ready to welcome back Vice-Admiral Norman: Defence Chief

Defence chief General Jonathan Vance says the military misses Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and is ready to welcome him back.

The comment is in a statement released following the Crown's surprise decision to stay its breach-of-trust case against Norman, who wants to be reinstated into the Canadian Forces.

Vance suspended Norman as the military's second-in-command in January 2017, when the R-C-M-P was investigating Norman for allegedly leaking cabinet secrets.

But on Wednesday, the Crown decided to stay its breach-of-trust case against Norman, who wants to be reinstated into the Canadian Forces.

While Norman remained a member of the military, he was formally relieved of his post as vice-chief of the defence staff last June after the RCMP charged him.

Norman, who was seen as a potential successor to Vance as chief of defence staff before he was charged, has acknowledged uncertainty about what new role he could play in the Forces.