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Confusion, bickering cloud of Senate committee s planned Norman inquiry

Confusion, bickering cloud of Senate committee s planned Norman inquiry
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OTTAWA -- Confusion and partisan bickering are clouding a Senate committee s plan to conduct an inquiry into the suspension and failed prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.

Conservative Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais this morning accused Sen. Peter Harder, the government s representative in the upper chamber, of all but killing the study by refusing to let the Senate defence committee sit into the summer.

But Harder s office says he has yet to receive a written request for an extension, which is required by the Senate s rules.

The chair of the committee, Independent Sen. Gwen Boniface, meanwhile, says she signed such a letter Wednesday and it s being sent around to the vice-chairs for their signatures.

The Senate as a whole can also permit the committee to sit into the summer, but Dagenais says he will not pursue that path because he believes most of the senators appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who make up the majority in the red chamber, will oppose it.
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