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

Liberals appoint a new veterans 'ombudsperson'

Canada has a new veterans ombudsman — or rather (to use the Liberal government's preferred title), a new veterans "ombudsperson."

The high cost of winning: How the First World War changed the way Canadians view conflict

One hundred years ago, Canadians helped to win a world war - and struggled for years afterward to reconcile that victory with the terrible price they paid for it.

A silence in Mons: How Canadians saw the final moments of WW I

Canadian soldiers were witnesses to the dying hours of the War to End Wars in the Belgian village where British and German forces first clashed. Their letters home tell a compelling story of grief, horror and hope.

Rumbling into the past: The incredible story of a First World War armoured car and the man who rode in it

It's a road trip 100 years in the making. People gathered in Mons, Belgium, this weekend to witness celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War will get a glimpse of an authentic piece of weapons technology history.

Buried where they fell: Historian maps Canadian Korean War casualties

Canadian historian Andrew Burtch has completed a one-of-a-kind piece of scholarship - a map tracking where, and how, Canadian soldiers died in the Korean War.

Ottawa short-changed more than 270,000 veterans on pensions, disability payments

The veterans ombudsman has uncovered a huge accounting error that led successive federal governments to short-change more than 270,000 ex-soldiers over several years, CBC News has learned. The mistake — involving the calculation of veterans disability benefits — is worth about $165 million.
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Irving Shipbuilding wades into court fight over Mark Norman documents

Irving Shipbuilding wants a say in deciding which documents the federal government discloses in the criminal case against the country’s former second-highest military commander.
Analysis

Shipbuilding 'smoke and mirrors' unlikely to distract from Mark Norman case: experts

The Liberal government's plan to divide an enormous amount of maintenance work on the navy’s frigates among three of the country’s major shipyards likely won't calm a political brawl over the criminal case involving the military’s former second-in-command, experts said Thursday.

Opposition demands proof documents in Mark Norman's case haven't been destroyed

Opposition parties have opened a second political front in their battle to get information out of the Liberal government on an ongoing court case involving the military’s former second-in-command.

Father of 'Jihadi Jack' says he can clear his son's name - but the evidence is sealed

The father of Jack Letts, a young British-Canadian man dubbed "Jihadi Jack" by British media, said information exists that proves his son was not a supporter of the Islamic State — but that information is sealed as part of a court case against him and his wife.

Ottawa releases draft tender on purchase of new fighter jets

The effort to replace the air force’s aging fleet of CF-18 fighters took a small step forward Monday when Public Services and Procurement Canada released a draft tender and asked for feedback from the makers of new jets.

Former Syrian White Helmet rescuers, reluctantly resettled, embrace their new lives in Canada

As Maysoon al-Masri struck out for the Israeli border with Syria on a pitch-black night last summer, she struggled with second thoughts — and with the kind of homesick remorse that is impossible to shake.

Lockheed Martin selected as preferred designer for Canada's next generation of warships

A group of companies led by multinational defence giant Lockheed Martin has been selected as the preferred designer for Canada's next generation of warships, the Liberal government said Friday.

Father of 'Jihadi Jack' accuses Andrew Scheer of lying about his son

The parents of a young British-Canadian man accused of being a member of ISIS have written an open letter to members of Parliament challenging what they claim are “lies” about their son being repeated by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.
Analysis

There are many questions about the Mark Norman affair but Tories keep asking the same one

The Conservative opposition beat its head against a brick wall Wednesday after two days of successfully hammering cracks into the Liberal government's stony silence over the handling of the criminal case involving the military's former second-in-command.