National Newswatch

‘We did it well’: Lametti defends Justice Department’s response to subpoenas in Mark Norman case

May 21 2019 — Brian Platt — Justice Minister David Lametti says he’s satisfied his department did the best job it could in finding, reviewing and disclosing thousands of government documents requested by Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s defence team. Norman’s lawyers argued the documents were crucial to his ability to defend himself, and they criticized the department for the lengthy, arduous process in […]

Federal government hunted for person who leaked Omar Khadr’s $10.5M settlement payment: internal report

Apr 4 2019 — Brian Platt — An internal report obtained by the National Post reveals details of how the federal government launched an investigation spanning six departments and agencies to hunt for who leaked information about a reported $10.5-million settlement with Omar Khadr in July 2017. But the Privy Council Office is refusing to say whether it ever referred the probe […]

Military chief kept no notes of discussions about Norman case with Trudeau, Butts and Telford, court hears

Jan 31 2019 — Brian Platt — Canada’s top soldier says he kept no records of discussions he had with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other senior political officials after he moved to suspend Vice-Admiral Mark Norman from duty. Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance testified in court Wednesday as part of a third-party records hearing ahead of Norman’s criminal […]

Brison seeks standing at Mark Norman hearing, seeking to protect his ‘privacy’

Jan 29 2019 — Brian Platt — Scott Brison, the veteran Nova Scotia MP and former Treasury Board president who resigned from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet earlier this month, is seeking standing in a hearing in Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s criminal case in a bid to “protect against unmerited intrusions into his privacy.” A lawyer representing Brison filed an application dated Jan. […]

After 17-year deportation fight over alleged terrorism ties, Toronto man sues federal government for $34M

Jan 5 2019 — Brian Platt — One of the longest-running national security cases in Canada has resulted in a massive civil lawsuit, as an Egyptian-born Toronto man is suing the federal government for repeatedly trying to deport him over alleged ties to the 1998 terrorist bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa. The federal government first arrested Mahmoud Jaballah in 1999 through […]

Survey shows spike in opposition to higher immigration in Canada, but too soon to call it a trend

Aug 21 2018 — Brian Platt — Canadians have been dubious for decades about the merits of increasing levels of immigration, but a new report also suggests growing opposition to immigration over the past few years. The report from the Angus Reid Institute analyzes polling data going back to 1975 to show that, throughout that period, a relatively constant number of Canadians […]

Former ambassador to Israel sues Canadian government, arguing Liberals fired her in bad faith

Aug 1 2018 — Brian Platt — A former Canadian ambassador to Israel who was removed from her post shortly after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s election is now suing the federal government, arguing she was undermined by her superiors, treated in bad faith, and is still owed pension money. The lawsuit marks an escalation in the long-running battle between Canada’s diplomatic establishment […]