Murray Brewster

Senior reporter, 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

An 'embarrassing' gear shortage has Canadian troops in Latvia buying their own helmets

Canadian troops in Latvia have been buying their own ballistic helmets with better ear protection and are looking at their allies with envy as Danish soldiers arrive with more modern Canadian-made weapons. It is a sign that the army’s problems with equipping its battle group in the Baltic go beyond the absence of modern anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons.

Trudeau and Polish PM discuss plugging the gaps in Russia sanctions ahead of NATO summit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Polish counterpart talked sanctions enforcement and confiscation of Russian assets on Friday as the two leaders mapped out a common strategy ahead of next month's NATO summit.

Ukraine takes plea for more weapons directly to Canada's defence sector

Ukraine's defence minister bypassed the Canadian government Wednesday and took his country's plea for more sophisticated weapons directly to Canada's defence manufacturers. 

Poland is rearming itself at high speed — could Canada take a lesson from Warsaw?

The Canadian military is used to procurement timelines that can cover decades. So how did Seoul manage to deliver new tanks and guns to Poland just four months after the contract was signed?

Thinking the 'unthinkable': How China could change Canada's conversation about nuclear subs

Almost a decade ago, the notion of a conflict between the United States and its allies on one side and China on the other was described as the “unthinkable war” by major foreign policy and defence observers. Lately, it’s become clear that those same experts are thinking through the unthinkable.

Hiroshima's tragic legacy a reminder of potential dangers of today's no-limits technologies

The G7 called for the adoption of technical standards to keep artificial intelligence "trustworthy." But warnings that governance of the technology has not kept pace with its growth have been growing deafening, both inside and outside the tech community. 

Zelenskyy and Trudeau meet face-to-face at G7 in Japan

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy early Sunday on the margins of the Group of Seven summit, CBC's Murray Brewster reports from Hiroshima, Japan.

G7 urges China to press Russia to end war in Ukraine

Leaders of the world's top democratic industrialized nations have welcomed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who touched down in Japan on Saturday to continue his appeal for help in ending the Russian invasion of his country.

Zelenskyy heads to the G7 summit as Russia is hit with more sanctions

Canada, the U.S. and the rest of Group of Seven allies have announced new sanctions and export controls against individuals and companies supporting Russia's war effort in Ukraine.

Shadow of war hangs over G7 summit as Trudeau arrives in Hiroshima

The shadows of two previous, brutal wars — and the potential consequences of one raging in Eastern Europe — hung over Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he arrived Thursday in Japan for the opening of the G7 leaders summit.