National Newswatch

Trudeau and Trump talk trade on NATO sidelines

Jul 11 2018 — Murray Brewster — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump met face-to-face today for the first time today since the disastrous G7 summit in Charlevoix, Que., last month. Both leaders are in Brussels this week for North Atlantic Treaty Organization meetings. The Prime Minister’s Office said Trump and Trudeau “had a conversation on the margins of […]

Trudeau not planning one-on-one meeting with Trump at NATO summit

Jul 11 2018 — Murray Brewster — Any encounter between U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the next two days will happen on the margins of the NATO summit in Brussels — not in any deliberate, structured bilateral meeting. The NATO meeting represents the first time the two leaders have been in the same room together since the […]

Trudeau in Latvia commits to extra troops, extended stay in NATO mission

Jul 10 2018 — Murray Brewster — Canada will commit extra troops and remain in Latvia as part of NATO’s mission to deter potential Russian aggression until 2023, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed Tuesday. The announcement was made following a bilateral meeting in the capital Riga with Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis. CBC News first reported the extended contribution on Monday.

Trudeau set to extend Canada’s leadership role in NATO’s Latvia mission

Jul 9 2018 — Murray Brewster — The Liberal government plans to extend its NATO leadership role in Latvia for several years, CBC News has learned. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will “deliver a strong message” of solidarity during his bilateral visit to the Baltic state, said several sources from Defence, Foreign Affairs and other government departments. Canada’s mission leadership role faces a […]

Canada sending police to Mali as part of peacekeeping mission

Jul 5 2018 — Murray Brewster — Canada will deploy up to 20 civilian police officers to support the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali. The contribution is in addition to the 250 aircrew and soldiers already assigned to the mission’s military helicopter detachment. Another 10 Canadian soldiers will serve at the UN headquarters in the war-torn west African country. Senior government […]

Armed with facts, Canada braces for another Trump tirade at NATO summit

Jun 26 2018 — Murray Brewster — Canada is looking to Trump-proof its arguments on a range of defence issues ahead of next month’s NATO summit — but some experts wonder whether the Trudeau government’s position will even register with the mercurial U.S. president. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan signalled the Liberal government is prepared to debate the orthodoxy of the western military […]

Federal officials felt ‘pressured’ to direct frigate repair work to Halifax: documents

Jun 25 2018 — Murray Brewster — Federal officials overseeing the country’s shipbuilding program warned the Liberal government that they were being leaned on to steer up to $1.2 billion worth of repair and upgrade work on naval frigates toward the Irving-owned Halifax Shipyard, internal documents reveal. Marie LeMay, deputy minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, used remarkably blunt language to […]

Ottawa makes deal to buy three icebreakers for coast guard

Jun 22 2018 — Murray Brewster — The Liberal government has concluded a deal with a Quebec shipyard to purchase, through a sole-source contract, three medium icebreakers to relieve pressure on the Canadian Coast Guard’s aging fleet. The agreement struck with Chantier Davie of Levis, Que., which operates the Davie shipyard, was announced Friday in a release by Public Services and Procurement […]

DND looking at a handful of possible contaminated sites in hunt for buried Agent Orange stocks

Jun 12 2018 — Murray Brewster — National Defence has identified five — possibly six — known contamination sites at a New Brunswick military base as it works to determine whether the cancer-causing defoliant Agent Orange was buried surreptitiously there decades ago, CBC News has learned. Officials at the department’s Directorate of Contaminated Sites presented a map showing the various locations to […]

Canadian military falling well short of its target for recruiting women

Jun 5 2018 — Murray Brewster — The Canadian military has barely moved the needle on its ambitious plan to recruit more women, just over a year after the Liberal government introduced its gender-focused defence policy, new figures reveal. The stated intention of Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance was to have women make up 25 per cent of the […]

DND unable to spend billions in equipment funds, which expert says pushes many projects beyond next election

May 30 2018 — Murray Brewster — National Defence fell $2.3 billion short in its plan to re-equip the military in the last year, a failing that one defence analyst says guarantees many important decisions on warplanes, ships and vehicles will be pushed beyond next year’s election. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan revealed the figure Wednesday as he launched the department’s long-anticipated investment […]