National Newswatch

Conservative senators drop attempt to investigate Norman case

Jun 16 2019 — Murray Brewster — Conservative senators are throwing in the towel over a planned investigation into the failed prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. The deputy chair, Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais, signalled in an email on Sunday that he intends to withdraw his motion and ask instead for a public meeting of the National Security and Defence committee to formally discuss […]

Tender to replace aging fighter jets will be out this summer: Sajjan

May 29 2019 — Murray Brewster — A federal tender to replace Canada’s fighter jet will be formally issued by mid-July, says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan​​​​​. Sajjan told a major defence industry trade show on Wednesday that the government hopes to have bids from aerospace contractors to review by the winter of 2020. The Liberal government had been on track to present […]

‘An insult’: Families of dead soldiers offended at being left out of low-key Afghanistan memorial event

May 22 2019 — Murray Brewster — A number of families who lost loved ones in Afghanistan say they feel betrayed by a decision made by bureaucrats at the Department of National Defence to privately dedicate a memorial last week containing the Kandahar battlefield cenotaph. The marble and granite cenotaph structure, which stood outside of the Canadian task force headquarters throughout the […]

Liberals block opposition bid to bring Mark Norman before committee to testify

May 16 2019 — Murray Brewster — The Liberal-dominated House of Commons defence committee has blocked a pitch by opposition MPs for a committee probe of the criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. The Conservatives and New Democrats wanted to conduct hearings to determine how the case against the military’s former second-in-command collapsed, and what led to him being charged with breach […]

Commons apologizes to Mark Norman as opposition MPs press for committee probe

May 14 2019 — Murray Brewster — The House of Commons voted unanimously today to apologize to Vice-Admiral Mark Norman for his legal ordeal, just days before opposition MPs are expected to push for a full-blown House of Commons committee investigation into the handling of the controversial criminal case. Conservative MP Lisa Raitt proposed the motion, which saw the Commons recognize Norman […]

Former Harper ministers MacKay, Kenney and O’Toole helped Vice-Admiral Norman’s defence

May 9 2019 — Murray Brewster — Three former federal cabinet ministers have confirmed they spoke to Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s defence team about information that may have been key to the Crown’s decision to halt the criminal prosecution of the military’s former second-command. Peter MacKay, who held the justice and defence portfolios, Erin O’Toole, the former veterans affairs minister, and Jason Kenney, […]

Trump administration claims Ottawa’s jet procurement plan is unfair to F-35, says report

May 6 2019 — Murray Brewster — The Trump administration fired two warning shots last year over the Liberal government’s long-delayed plan to replace Canada’s CF-18 fighters, saying the procurement process discriminates against the Lockheed-Martin-built F-35 stealth jet, according to a new academic report. The study by a researcher at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) cites leaked Pentagon letters written last summer and […]