National Newswatch

Federal ministries launch investigations after officials provide Irving Shipbuilding with information about Postmedia journalist

Mar 14 2019 — David Pugliese — Two federal ministries are investigating potential violations of privacy laws after government officials shared details about a Postmedia news story and the journalist pursuing it, with representatives of Irving Shipbuilding. Following a tip, Postmedia submitted questions on March 6 to two departments, National Defence and Public Services and Procurement Canada, about possible problems with some […]

Payout cost for bungled gov’t truck contact is secret…the reason for that is also secret

Jan 22 2019 — David Pugliese — Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough and her bureaucrats at Public Services and Procurement Canada will often claim that the various purchases the department makes using your tax dollars are “fair, open and transparent.” It’s the mantra at Public Services. There are ongoing questions whether the procurements are actually fair. And the “open and transparent” part is […]

Tens of millions paid out due to bungled Canadian Forces procurement, but government says details are secret

Jan 20 2019 — David Pugliese — Taxpayers are on the hook for potentially tens of millions of dollars after federal bureaucrats bungled the purchase of trucks for the Canadian Forces and now must make good on the lost profits for a U.S. firm. But Public Services and Procurement Canada, which oversaw the flawed defence procurement, has declined to provide details on […]

Canadian military claimed a report didn’t exist — even though it ‘clearly’ did

Jan 16 2019 — David Pugliese — Despite being warned what they were doing was potentially illegal and punishable by imprisonment, top military officers failed to disclose important documents under the Access to Information law, the National Post can reveal. The military officials claimed an internal report highlighting problems with the court martial system didn’t exist — even though there were electronic […]

Military has no documents about fighter jet ‘capability gap,’ a claim used to justify aircraft purchase

Nov 19 2018 — David Pugliese — Neither Canada’s top soldier nor the commander of the air force had or produced any records about a fighter jet “capability gap” in the year leading up to the Liberal government’s announcement that such a critical issue had to be dealt with by spending billions to buy aircraft. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan used the capability […]

Construction of sixth Arctic patrol ship at Irving Shipbuilding to cost $800M — double the cost of the other five

Nov 9 2018 — David Pugliese — Building a sixth Arctic patrol ship to add to the five originally commissioned from Irving Shipbuilding for the Royal Canadian Navy will cost taxpayers $800 million — double the price-tag of each of the other vessels. The Liberal government announced the construction of the sixth Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, or AOPS, last week after […]