A federal public procurement official referred to in the ongoing criminal case against temporarily detained vice-admiral Mark Norman was formally charged with a single breach of trust.
The prosecution increases crown bets in the Norman case, which faces allegations of political interference in the High Prosecutor's Office.
The RCMP announced on Wednesday that they had filed charges against Matthew Macket, whose name appeared public last autumn in case-law documents against Norman, the former military deputy commander.
He will appear in court on 5 March.
The prosecution comes at a crucial time for Norman's case. Defense attorneys dropped the bomb at Norman's preliminary hearing a few days ago as they tried to force the federal government to reveal thousands of documents related to the shipbuilding deal at the heart of the case against Vice Admiral and Macket.
Norman's lawyers say the political interference was revealed in an email that the Crown was discussing the "process strategy" with the leading legal counsel in the secret council office – the department that maintains and reports directly to Prime Minister Justin Trudo's office.
This led the judge to hear the Norman case openly questioning the independence of the Crown – an opinion that was dismissed on Tuesday by the Director of the Prosecution Office in an extraordinary public statement.
Prior to that, Norman's lawyers questioned the court why Docs did not blame Matchett. This was a subject that was also adopted by the opposition conservative MPs in the House of Commons who claimed the former deputy chief of defense was elected.
The lawsuits against Norman and Mattache intersect the cabinet meeting on November 19, 2015, which was called to discuss the fate of a $ 668m plan for a temporary ship's naval vessel to supply the Davy shipyard in Levis, Qué.
It is alleged that Macket has handed over documents to the Cabinet – a memorandum and presentation on a slide deck – to a lobbyist from Ottawa working for the shipyard before a critical meeting of closed doors in November 2015.
During this meeting, Liberia's newly elected government decided to stop the program.
Norman is accused of communicating the news of this decision to a CBC reporter. The Crown also claims that the former Fleet Commander has slipped the secrets of Davy's Cabinet on the eve of signing the treaty under the former conservative government.
The liberals were angry that their review decision was publicly disclosed. They retired days later and allowed the program to continue. They also called on the RCMP to investigate the leakage.
The RCMP says they have done their job
Now that they loaded Macket, the monks now say that their work is done.
"This ends with a large-scale criminal investigation that began in December 2015 when the RCMP received a complaint alleging that information on the trust of the Cabinet for a Canadian Ship Supply Ships had expired," the statement said of the RCMP.
Matthat, who worked in public services and supplies in Canada, was identified in a Norman defense court filing on October 12, 2018 and later suspended without pay.
During the alleged leak, he worked as an employee of the Atlantic Canadian Agency for Opportunities, a regional development organization.
Norman's lawyers then went on how the RCMP was dealing with the case.
They have asked the court to force the government to release documents "related to Mr Matchett's expulsion and how his case was treated internally and by the RCMP."