National Newswatch

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 […]

Federal officials don’t want to be pinned down on a date to start building new navy: documents

Sep 24 2018 — David Pugliese — Irving Shipbuilding is pushing federal officials to announce a firm date to begin construction on Canada’s new fleet of warships, arguing that will help drive the project along. But the company is facing resistance from federal officials concerned about missing a publicly announced start date, as happened with the Arctic patrol ships now under construction, […]