National Newswatch

Norman’s defence accuses Trudeau PMO of attempting to direct prosecution

Feb 11 2019 — Murray Brewster — A pretrial hearing in the breach-of-trust case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman took a sudden political turn Monday when the defence alleged that prosecutors have been talking trial strategy with the bureaucratic arm of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office. The federal government is fighting defence requests for the release of notes from meetings between officials at […]

Trade tribunal rejects rival’s bid to block warship contract

Feb 1 2019 — Murray Brewster — The Canadian International Trade Tribunal has dismissed a complaint by one of the companies that was competing for the job of designing and helping to build the navy’s next generation of warships. Alion Science and Technology Corp. and its subsidiary, Alion Canada, filed the complaint in November and asked that the signing of the contract […]

Two probes launched into claims that military blocked information requests in Norman case

Jan 29 2019 — Murray Brewster — There are now at least two investigations underway into allegations Department of National Defence officials intentionally tried to subvert the federal access to information system in the breach-of-trust case involving the military’s former second-in-command. CBC News has learned military police have joined the federal information commissioner in probing claims that senior staff at National Defence […]

Business group wants National Shipbuilding Strategy reopened for Quebec shipyard

Jan 16 2019 — Murray Brewster — A Quebec-based business association claiming to represent over 1,000 companies inside and outside the province is launching a high-profile campaign to convince the Liberal government to reopen the oft-maligned National Shipbuilding Strategy. The group is demanding the federal government include the Davie shipyard, in Levis, Que., in the policy and plans to make it a […]

The Norman case casts a long shadow over Scott Brison’s retirement

Jan 10 2019 — Murray Brewster — It’s often said that timing is everything in politics. Scott Brison, the long-time Liberal cabinet minister with Conservative roots, has decided it’s time to bow out. He spent his farewell round of political interviews on Thursday defending the timing of his departure, coming as it does following allegations of political interference related to the criminal […]

Canada can afford new fighters or new frigates — but not both at once: report

Jan 8 2019 — Murray Brewster — The Trudeau government can’t afford to buy ultra-modern warships and advanced warplanes at the same time, given the limits of federal finances, a new research paper argues. The study, written for the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, says that — contrary to the assurances offered in the government’s defence policy — Ottawa will […]