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.

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Canada's top military commander steps aside following sexual misconduct claim

Admiral Art McDonald abruptly stepped aside late Wednesday night as Canada's top military commander after questions were posed to the Department of National Defence about a sexual misconduct investigation into allegations against him.

PBO says mixed frigate fleet and other designs offer cheaper options to navy program

The Parliamentary Budget Office says the projected cost of building the Canadian navy's new combat fleet is rising and could hit $77 billion. The watchdog released a new report that looks at alternate designs and a mixed fleet — ideas that could save taxpayers billions of dollars.

Defence committee summons former military watchdog in Vance investigation

The House of Commons defence committee agreed Monday to summon Canada's former military ombudsman to further its investigation into what the Liberal government knew — and did not know — about allegations of inappropriate behaviour by the country's former chief of the defence staff before they became public.

Sajjan grilled by Commons committee over allegations against Gen. Vance

A Parliamentary committee’s investigation into what the Liberal government knew about allegations of inappropriate behaviour by the country's former chief of the defence staff ran into a brick wall of half-denials and confidentiality claims on Friday.

It will be at least a decade before Canada sees any of its new frigates

It will be 2031, at the earliest, before the navy sees the first of its new frigates; a setback brought about partly by the fact Canada, Britain and Australia are still feeling their way around how to build the ultra-modern warship.

Government probe into Vance allegations ended when ombudsman refused to hand over info: sources

The Privy Council Office review of an informal complaint of sexual misconduct against Canada's former top military commander ran into a brick wall nearly three years ago when former military ombudsman Gary Walbourne refused to turn over potentially incriminating emails and the name of the complainant, CBC News has learned.

Defence committee launches parliamentary probe into Vance misconduct allegations

Federal Conservatives led the charge Tuesday for a House of Commons committee investigation into what the Liberal government did — and did not do — after being confronted almost three years ago with informal allegations of inappropriate behaviour by the country's former top military commander.
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Special Forces pulls new pistols from service after soldier injured in misfire

A member of Canada's elite JTF-2 counterterrorism unit was injured last fall after his brand new handgun fired by itself. The incident has prompted special forces to pull the SIG Sauer P320 out of service. The military is facing question about the choice of weapon in light of lawsuits filed against the manufacturer in the U.S.

Canadian soldier wounded by accidental discharge used wrong holster: SIG Sauer

The American manufacturer of the new pistols belonging to Canada’s special forces claims the soldier wounded in an accidental discharge last fall was using the wrong holster for the weapon.

Liberal, Conservative governments were made aware of concerns and allegations against Vance: sources

Informal allegations and “spectres of concern” about potential inappropriate conduct by the country's former top military commander were, at various times, placed before the Liberal government, as well as the former Conservative government, which selected Gen. Jonathan Vance, CBC News has learned.

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