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

Ex-soldiers angered by 'unconscionable' treatment of Afghan war adviser

Some of Canada's former top military commanders and soldiers - among them a Liberal MP - are rallying behind an ex-Department of Defence adviser who was denied PTSD benefits after serving seven tours in Afghanistan. They are calling on the federal government to take action.

Canadian soldier killed during parachuting training exercise in Bulgaria

A Canadian soldier has died of injuries sustained during parachuting while taking part in a multinational training exercise in Bulgaria.

Senators seeking Mark Norman inquiry holding out for permission to extend Senate's sitting

A Senate investigation of the failed prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was given a short lease on life Monday as its defence committee voted to produce a report on the scandal later this summer, if it's given permission to sit that long.

The war that won't end: Civilian who served in Afghanistan still fighting for PTSD benefits

Many Canadian soldiers came back from Afghanistan exhibiting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. So did some of the civilian contractors who served with the Canadians - but unlike the soldiers, the civilians still haven't convinced Ottawa to provide them with treatment.

Conservative senators drop attempt to investigate Norman case

Conservative Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais signalled in an email on Sunday that he intends to withdraw his motion to investigate the failed prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.

Canada delays departure from Mali until end of August

Canada's peacekeeping contingent will stick around in Mali for an extra few weeks this summer in order to smooth the transition for the next country set to provide helicopter support for the United Nations mission in the war-torn country.

Vets watchdog troubled by 'lack of trust' in his office, asks for mandate review

The new veterans ombudsman is calling for an independent review of his mandate after getting an earful from former soldiers who've lost confidence in his office. Craig Dalton said a review could look at having the ombudsman report directly to Parliament, rather than the veterans minister.

Gen. Jonathan Vance and Vice-Admiral Mark Norman appear together in Halifax

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and his boss, Gen. Jonathan Vance, appeared together at a navy ceremony in Halifax Wednesday — the first time they've been seen together in public since the end of Norman's breach-of-trust case.
Analysis

A tale of two leaders: What Trudeau and Macron can, and should, learn from each other

If one thing became clear during the prime minister’s three-day overseas trip, it is that Justin Trudeau has much to learn from French President Emmanuel Macron and vice versa.

Macron tells Trudeau that France will ratify CETA 'as soon as possible'

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is leaving Paris with a concrete guarantee that France will proceed with ratification of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) this summer.

'A place for all soldiers': Canadian veterans gather in Normandy to remember D-Day

Seventy-five years after surviving a battle that changed the course of history, Canadian D-Day veterans returned to the edge of Juno Beach today to remember.

When the tide turned: Canadians hold massive D-Day event at Juno Beach

Seventy-five years after one of the most consequential military events of the modern age began, dignitaries and surviving veterans of the Normandy campaign gathered today in France to remember those who didn't make it back.
Analysis

75 years after D-Day, has the old alliance fallen apart?

A disjointed and politically distracted collection of Allied nations, including Canada, gathered in Britain on Wednesday to kick off a series of commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the June 6, 1944, D-Day landings.

Canada will help enforce UN sanctions against North Korea: Sajjan

The Canadian navy and air force will begin regular deployments to help enforce United Nations sanctions against North Korea, the Department of National Defence said Monday.

A soldier's path: How a unique interactive map is bringing D-Day back to life

A Canadian family spent decades puzzling over the details of a family members death in the maelstrom of the Normandy campaign - until a one-of-a-kind interactive map brought his last moments back to life.