Murray Brewster

Defence and security

Murray Brewster is senior defence writer for CBC News, based in Ottawa. He has covered the Canadian military and foreign policy from Parliament Hill for over a decade. Among other assignments, he spent a total of 15 months on the ground covering the Afghan war for The Canadian Press. Prior to that, he covered defence issues and politics for CP in Nova Scotia for 11 years and was bureau chief for Standard Broadcast News in Ottawa.

Latest from Murray Brewster

Canadian training mission in Ukraine suspended after surge in COVID cases

A surge in COVID cases in Ukraine and among Canadian troops in the eastern European country has prompted the temporary suspension of the military training mission there. The Department of National Defence will not say how many soldiers are infected, citing operational security.

Liberals try to block former Trudeau adviser's summons in military misconduct probe

The Liberals moved late Friday to block a House of Commons committee from summoning a former adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to testify on sexual misconduct in the military. Opposition members on the defence committee wanted to hear from Elder Marques before hearings into the crisis were wrapped up.

Biden calls a halt to America's war in Afghanistan — but it's a long way from over

Saying it was "time to end America's longest war" after two decades, U.S. President Joe Biden has announced his country's pending military withdrawal from Afghanistan. For Americans, the war will soon end. For Afghans, however, it will continue — and may even get worse.

Liberals, Bloc vote to end Commons defence committee hearings on military misconduct

One of two parliamentary investigations into sexual misconduct in the Canadian military is being shut down. The governing Liberals, with the support of the Bloc Québécois, have called an end to defence committee hearings this week over the the objections of Conservatives and New Democrats.

Defence minister denies withholding funds for security conference over Taiwan award

Canada's defence minister has denied withholding funding from a major security conference over its plan to give Taiwan's president a major international award. Harjit Sajjan says the Halifax Security Forum can bestow the prize on anyone it wishes.

Ranger unit failed to deal with extremist members, says army investigation report

A troubled Canadian military reserve unit failed to promptly address hateful conduct by two of its members who were associating with far-right extremist organizations, according to a military investigation report obtained by CBC News.

Exhausted and discouraged, victims of military sexual misconduct plead their case to Parliament — again

A House of Commons committee heard heartfelt appeals today for meaningful reform within the Canadian military to end sexual violence. The ongoing misconduct crisis involving the country's top Armed Forces commanders is "a national embarrassment," the Status of Women committee was told today.

Contradictions pile up in the federal government's approach to military misconduct

Weeks of hearings and a parade of witnesses before two parliamentary committees have — at the very least — uncovered a cascade of contradictions in the Liberal government's approach to sexual misconduct in the military.

Public service had 'no path' to investigate misconduct claim against Vance, says former top bureaucrat

The country’s former top civil servant told MPs today there was “no path forward” to launch a full investigation into an allegation of inappropriate conduct by Gen. Jonathan Vance when the matter was first raised three years ago.

The military's sexual misconduct crisis is turning into a national security problem, say experts

Much of the military sexual conduct crisis in Canada has been viewed through the lens of social justice — but some observers warn it has the potential to create an alarming crisis of confidence in military leadership.