National Newswatch

At 2:07 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2015, a public servant named Matthew Matchett emailed a prominent Ottawa lobbyist to relay some exciting news.

“I got everything — the motherload,” Matchett’s email said. But it also said his BlackBerry phone was “caput,” and he needed to know where to drop off the material.

One minute later came the response: “Here if ok,” wrote Brian Mersereau of the public relations and lobbying firm Hill+Knowlton Strategies, which had Quebec-based Davie Shipbuilding as a major client. “Just leave it at front. Lots of funny folks wandering around.”

“I figured that’s why I asked,” Matchett replied less than a

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