National Newswatch

Canada’s fighter jet tender competition (finally) takes off next month

Apr 15 2019 — Murray Brewster — The politically charged competition to replace Canada’s aging fleet of fighter jets will rocket forward at the end of May as the federal government releases a long-anticipated, full-fledged tender call. There are four companies in the running: Saab of Sweden, Airbus Defence and Space out of Britain, and the American firms Boeing and Lockheed Martin. […]

Commons committee calls for on-time pullout from UN mission in Mali

Apr 8 2019 — Murray Brewster — A House of Commons committee has told the Liberal government that Canada should help Romania get its helicopters into Mali to avoid disrupting the ongoing United Nations peacekeeping mission there. On Friday, the all-party committee tabled a report from its fact-finding mission to the West African country in February. It recommends that the helicopters Canada […]

‘We aren’t going to turn the page’: Conservatives try again to tie Norman trial to SNC-Lavalin fallout

Apr 5 2019 — Murray Brewster — Federal Conservatives made a pitch today — in the wake of the SNC Lavalin affair — to turn the criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman into the spinoff political scandal of the spring. While the pace of the SNC-Lavalin scandal could start slowing down now, following the ejection of both former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould […]

Veterans Affairs sent condolences to ‘widow’ of still-living veteran

Apr 5 2019 — Murray Brewster — It was a surreal moment for Truman Tremblay. On March 23, the former RCMP officer and military reservist — who lives with post-traumatic stress disorder — had just arrived home in Kamloops, B.C. from a spring break vacation. In his mailbox he found an official-looking letter addressed to his wife. Moments later, his speechless wife […]

The spectre of political interference linking SNC-Lavalin to the Norman trial

Mar 30 2019 — Murray Brewster — They’re two sides of the same political and judicial coin: SNC-Lavalin and the Mark Norman trial. The all-consuming, breathless political drama over the SNC Lavalin scandal has rocked the Liberal government to its foundations. The grinding courtroom fight in the breach-of-trust case case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, the military’s former second-in-command, is somewhat less flashy, […]

Supreme Court tests the limits of military justice in rare appeal case

Mar 26 2019 — Murray Brewster — The Supreme Court of Canada debates today whether the Canadian military has the constitutional authority to try its own members for serious crimes like sexual assault and murder — a case that some legal observers are calling a once-in-a-generation event. A military appeals court ruled last fall that the inability of soldiers, sailors and aircrew […]

‘The insult’: Ottawa’s move to honour Métis war vets comes after years of stonewalling

Mar 22 2019 — Murray Brewster — They were the forgotten among the forgotten. Nearly 20 years ago, when Veterans Affairs Canada documented the “discrimination and outright fraud” perpetrated against the country’s aboriginal war veterans, it deliberately excluded former Métis soldiers. David Chartrand, vice-president of the Métis National Council, said he could never understand “the insult,” nor why senior Veterans Affairs officials […]

Conservatives question politics behind veterans job placement contract

Mar 13 2019 — Murray Brewster — Two of the three companies that competed for a federal contract to deliver job placement services for Canada’s veterans were disqualified for “not having sufficient experience” — even though one of them was doing the work already for Veterans Affairs, CBC News has learned. The $10.4 million contract ended up going to an Oshawa, Ont.-based […]