Lee Berthiaume

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Cost of Coast Guard ship nears $1B as questions mount over federal shipbuilding plan

The federal government has quietly revealed that it plans to pay nearly $1 billion to build a new ocean research vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard whose original cost was supposed to be one-tenth that amount.

Freeland presses Tories to speed up passage of COVID-19 relief bill

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is appealing to the Official Opposition Conservatives to hasten passage of a COVID-19 relief bill through the House of Commons.

Novavax submits vaccine for approval as Ottawa seeks EU reassurances on exports rules

Canada's hopes of speeding up COVID-19 vaccinations brightened slightly over the weekend as regulators began work to approve a new inoculation, even as the federal government sought to head off any restrictions on vaccine shipments from Europe.

Military justice system at crossroads as court hears case on judges' independence

Canada's military justice system will be on trial again Friday, when an appeal court weighs whether the handful of judges responsible for overseeing courts martial are truly independent.

Canada's mission in Middle East at crossroads as ISIS declines, new threats emerge

More than six years after Canada first deployed troops to the Middle East to help fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, hundreds of Canadian Armed Forces personnel remain in the region.

Long pandemic could add to extremism, decline in democracy: Defence Department report

A new research report by the Department of National Defence suggests the longer the COVID-19 pandemic rages, the stronger right-wing extremism and other threats in Canada and around the world are likely to become.

Budget officer blasts lack of detail in Liberals' $100B stimulus plan

Parliament's budget watchdog is raising red flags over the lack of details in the Liberal government's $100-billion stimulus plan, suggesting Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland's phone is likely "ringing off the hook" from lobbyists wanting a piece of the action. 

Ottawa says federal support for airline industry contingent on refunding customers

Transport Minister Marc Garneau laid out the requirement as he announced that Ottawa is ready to respond to the sector's desperate pleas for federal assistance by launching talks later this week.

Black Canadians fought racism, discrimination to serve in Second World War

As the Canadian Armed Forces promise to crack down on systemic racism — and individual acts of discrimination in its ranks — the story of a Black Canadian named Allan Bundy during the Second World War comes to mind.

Trust, awareness key to success of Canadian Forces' most famous tweeter

Capt. Kirk Sullivan runs what has become one of the most talked-about Twitter accounts in the federal government.