National Newswatch

Weapons makers say Ottawa is leaving them in the dark on its plans to aid Ukraine

Jan 12 2023 — Murray Brewster — The association representing Canada’s defence contractors says it’s going to take a lot more than talk to put the industry on a so-called “war footing.” In a bluntly-worded opinion piece published online Wednesday, Christyn Cianfarani, executive director of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries, said that Canada — unlike its allies — has […]

Price tag for navy, coast guard patrol ships soars to $6.5 billion

Jan 6 2023 — Murray Brewster — It will cost Canadian taxpayers upwards of $6.5 billion to acquire six Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships for the navy and two additional similar vessels for the coast guard, according to newly tabled documents and a statement from the federal government. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) says a contract amendment has been signed with Irving […]

Canada is picking up the political radicalization bug from the U.S., new report warns

Jan 3 2023 — Murray Brewster — A U.S.-based research group that specializes in gauging geopolitical risk says Canada is showing signs of the same political contagion and polarization that has afflicted American politics. The warning is contained in Eurasia Group’s annual “Top Risk” report for the new year, released Tuesday. While Canada does not make the consultancy’s “Top 10” in terms […]

Ottawa to spend $1.24 billion to extend life of search-and-rescue chopper fleet

Dec 22 2022 — Murray Brewster — Government made the announcement quietly on the eve of the holidays. The Department of National Defence (DND) quietly announced Thursday that it will spend $1.24 billion to extend the life of the air force’s search and rescue helicopter fleet — part of a long-standing, problem-plagued procurement effort. The announcement was made by press release late […]

PM’s national security adviser says she’s seen ‘no evidence’ of foreign interference in election

Dec 8 2022 — Murray Brewster — ‘I’ll just say it — we’ve not seen money going to 11 candidates, period,’ says Jody Thomas. Canada’s top national security adviser says she’s seen no evidence that any candidates in the 2019 federal election were influenced by financing from the Chinese government. Jody Thomas, who advises Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on intelligence and foreign […]

Former paralympian tells MPs veterans department offered her assisted death

Dec 2 2022 — Murray Brewster — A paraplegic former member of the Canadian military shocked MPs on Thursday by testifying that the Department of Veterans Affairs offered her, in writing, the opportunity for a medically assisted death — and even offered to provide the equipment. Retired corporal Christine Gauthier, who competed for Canada at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics and […]

Trudeau government unveils long-awaited plan to confront an ‘increasingly disruptive’ China

Nov 27 2022 — Murray Brewster — Canada’s long-awaited Indo-Pacific Strategy describes China as “an increasingly disruptive global power” on the world stage — a social and economic force that’s too big to ignore but is also increasingly focused on bending international rules to suit its own interests. Using some surprisingly blunt language, the strategy says the Canadian government needs to be […]

Exiled opposition leader pressing Trudeau to sanction Belarusian military, security officials over Ukraine war

Nov 22 2022 — Murray Brewster — The exiled opposition leader of Belarus will meet separately with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly over the next two days in the hopes of persuading them to impose further sanctions on military and security services in her country. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya — who was widely considered to have won the 2020 […]