National Newswatch

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 […]

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 […]