(OTTAWA) — The suspension of the military's second-highest-ranking officer has cast a pall over Canada's multibillion-dollar plan to build new warships, CTV News reported. Vice Adm. Mark Norman was temporarily relieved of duty last week by Gen. Jonathan Vance with no explanation. Media reports say federal police are investigating allegations that sensitive documents dealing with the $35 billion National Shipbuilding Strategy were leaked. Norman was deeply involved in the strategy during the three years he served as commander of the Royal Canadian Navy before becoming the vice chief of defense staff last summer.
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