National Newswatch

Government staffer named in Mark Norman document leak case suspended from job

Dec 6 2018 — Murray Brewster — A junior procurement official named in the criminal case against the military’s former second-in-command has been suspended from his federal government position, a House of Commons committee has been told. Matthew Matchett was identified in court documents filed by the lawyers defending Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, who has been charged with a single count of breach […]

Ottawa earmarks $20 million to rejoin NATO airborne surveillance program

Dec 4 2018 — Murray Brewster — The Liberal government has budgeted up to $20 million in this fiscal year to rejoin NATO’s Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) program, reversing a Conservative-era budget cut in the name of alliance utility and solidarity. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and other senior officials recently appeared before a House of Commons committee to talk […]

Frigate design decision faces another delay after latest challenge

Nov 28 2018 — Murray Brewster — The federal government’s plan to award a group of companies led by Lockheed Martin Canada the contract to design and support the construction of the navy’s new frigates was dealt another setback late Tuesday by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, CBC News has learned. The agency said it intends to investigate a complaint by one […]

Auditor general trashes Liberal plan to keep CF-18s flying until 2032

Nov 20 2018 — Murray Brewster — Canada’s auditor general has shot down the Liberal government’s handling of the air force’s aging CF-18s in a blistering report that raises questions about national security, and even long-term safety, regarding the viability of the country’s frontline fighter jets. Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s fall report, tabled Tuesday, methodically picks apart the recent policy change at […]

Federal government diverting veterans in crisis away from emergency fund, say outside agencies

Nov 19 2018 — Murray Brewster — Former soldiers in crisis are being sent regularly to outside agencies for emergency assistance by case managers at Veterans Affairs Canada — even though the Liberal government has its own, modest relief fund. Both Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada (VETS Canada) and the Royal Canadian Legion report an increase in the number of cases being […]

Irving Shipbuilding wades into court fight over Mark Norman documents

Nov 2 2018 — Murray Brewster — Irving Shipbuilding wants a say in deciding which documents the federal government discloses in the criminal case against the country’s former second-highest military commander. Lawyers for Vice-Admiral Mark Norman told court today that lawyers for the powerful company are seeking standing in an upcoming hearing that will decide which confidential and secret cabinet records are […]

Ottawa releases draft tender on purchase of new fighter jets

Oct 29 2018 — Murray Brewster — The effort to replace the air force’s aging fleet of CF-18 fighters took a small step forward Monday when Public Services and Procurement Canada released a draft tender and asked for feedback from the makers of new jets. There are five companies in the running: France’s Dassault Aviation; Saab of Sweden; Airbus Defence and Space […]

Father of ‘Jihadi Jack’ accuses Andrew Scheer of lying about his son

Oct 18 2018 — Murray Brewster — The parents of a young British-Canadian man accused of being a member of ISIS have written an open letter to members of Parliament challenging what they claim are “lies” about their son being repeated by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. The letter was circulated Thursday by John Letts, the Canadian-born father of Jack Letts — known […]

There are many questions about the Mark Norman affair, the Tories keep asking the same one

Oct 17 2018 — Murray Brewster — The Conservative opposition beat its head against a brick wall Wednesday after two days of successfully hammering cracks into the Liberal government’s stony silence over the handling of the criminal case involving the military’s former second-in-command. It should be understood, as the old political saying goes, that question period should never be confused with answer […]

Scott Brison denies lobbying for shipbuilder in Mark Norman affair

Oct 16 2018 — Murray Brewster — A senior Liberal cabinet minister denied Tuesday lobbying on behalf of one of the country’s leading shipbuilders, which has been swept up in the court fight surrounding the military’s former second-in-command. Treasury Board President Scott Brison faced a second day of questions in the House of Commons over what contacts he had with Irving Shipbuilding […]