National Newswatch

DM’s son works at defence firm behind winning warship bid; DND silent on what guidelines are in place to avoid conflict of interest

Jun 14 2021 — David Pugliese — A deputy minister who warned defence industry executives about raising concerns over a controversial $77-billion warship project has a son who works for the company that submitted the winning bid. Andrew Coates, the son of Jody Thomas, deputy minister at national defence, has been working since March 2019 in industrial development for Lockheed Martin, the […]

Gen. Vance to be investigated — concerns about allegations were known for years in military circles

Feb 3 2021 — David Pugliese — Concerns about Gen. Jon Vance’s alleged relationships with female subordinates were talked about among military leaders and in the defence community over the past several years, but no action was taken because no official complaints were ever filed. The Canadian Forces announced Wednesday it will investigate allegations about the former chief of the defence staff. […]

‘Too much noise’ on Canadian warship program – DND Deputy Minister admonishes industry executives

Dec 14 2020 — David Pugliese — Defence industry executives have been told by a top bureaucrat to stop raising concerns about the controversial program to build a new fleet of warships that is now estimated to cost $70 billion and could go even higher. Company officials have been complaining to politicians and media outlets that the Canadian Surface Combatant project has […]

Investigation launched after Canadian Forces member called on fellow soldiers to ignore orders to help distribute COVID vaccine

Dec 8 2020 — David Pugliese — The Canadian Forces is investigating after one of its members spoke at an anti-lockdown rally in Toronto on the weekend and called on military personnel to disobey orders to help in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The individual, dressed in a Canadian Forces uniform, was introduced by organizers of the rally as Leslie Kenderesi. […]

Retired Gen. Hillier receives $20,000 a month to head vaccine distribution task force — Ford government prepared to extend his contract

Nov 27 2020 — David Pugliese — Retired general Rick Hillier is receiving $20,000 a month to head an Ontario task force that will oversee distribution of new coronavirus vaccines in the province, even though a date for that remains unknown. Premier Doug Ford announced Hillier’s appointment Monday but by Thursday new questions were being raised about when delivery of a vaccine […]

PBO to examine $60 billion price tag of new warships and compare to other less expensive foreign programs

Aug 8 2020 — David Pugliese — The $60 billion price tag of Canada’s proposed new fleet of warships will come under the scrutiny of the Parliamentary Budget Officer, who will also examine other less costly similar projects underway in other countries. The House of Commons government operations committee requested that Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux examine the cost of the Canadian […]

Government officials claimed Ontario police were investigating military efforts to allegedly hide documents in Mark Norman case — that turned out to be false

Aug 5 2020 — David Pugliese — An Ontario police investigation into allegations the Canadian military tried to hide documents in the Mark Norman affair never happened despite official federal government claims to the contrary, this newspaper has confirmed. The investigation was supposed to have been turned over by the RCMP to the Ontario Provincial Police more than a year ago but […]

RCAF Cyclone helicopter missing, believed to have crashed into the sea off Greek coast

Apr 29 2020 — David Pugliese — A Royal Canadian Air Force Cyclone helicopter is reported missing and the Canadian military says search and rescue operations have been launched. Greek news outlets reported the helicopter crashed into the sea off the coast of Greece on Wednesday. The Canadian Forces confirmed on a social media account Wednesday that there was a “developing situation […]