National Newswatch

Irving briefed top federal officials on plans to sue Postmedia after government shared reporter’s questions

Jul 26 2019 — David Pugliese — Irving’s president briefed top federal officials on the company’s plans to sue Postmedia after the news organization asked questions about potential problems with the multi-billion dollar Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship program, according to newly released documents. The Liberal government has tried to distance itself from Irving’s actions, with procurement minister Carla Qualtrough saying she […]

20 DND staff involved in writing letter after drunken junket article angers military leadership

Jun 11 2019 — David Pugliese — The leadership of the Canadian Forces and Department of National Defence have always been sensitive about media coverage of the taxpayer-funded “Party Flight.” Readers might remember this drunken junket where VIPs invited by Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jon Vance partied away at public expense in late 2017. The result was a sexual assault […]

Senate committee to call on Vice Adm. Norman, Sajjan and Vance to testify about Norman affair

May 28 2019 — David Pugliese — The Senate’s national security and defence voted Tuesday to call Vice Adm. Mark Norman and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan to testify about the legal case against the senior naval officer. Senators voted 7 to 5 in favour of the motion by Conservative Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais. Dagenais’s motion called for the committee to “examine and report […]

RCAF facing problems getting enough parts for C-130J Hercules transport planes – wheels being taken from older aircraft

Apr 15 2019 — David Pugliese — The Canadian military’s main fleet of transport aircraft have been dogged with problems over the last several years, prompting a warning at one point that the lack of the availability of the planes was having a significant impact. There have been problems getting enough parts for the C-130J Hercules transport aircraft fleet, forcing the Royal […]

Irving says it threatened to sue journalist to protect Feds’ shipbuilding reputation; DND disputes company’s story

Apr 3 2019 — David Pugliese — The Department of National Defence is pushing back against claims Irving Shipbuilding’s president made in testimony to a parliamentary committee that the company was forced to threaten a journalist with legal action to protect the reputation of the government’s shipbuilding strategy. In testimony before the Senate Finance Committee two weeks ago, Kevin McCoy said federal […]