Rob Nicholson

Soldier's Death Strengthens Resolve: Defence Minister

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.21.2014 | Canada Politics

COLD LAKE, Alta. - Soldiers stood on rooftops at an Alberta military base Tuesday to wave farewell to the pilots of six Canadian fighter jets as they ...

DND Reviews Policy That Ended Careers Of Wounded Soldiers

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Almost a year after facing a barrage of bad publicity, National Defence is having another look at a policy that ended the careers of gravely ...

Would Canada Extend Its Mission In Iraq? Defence Minister Won't Say

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Defence Minister Rob Nicholson is refusing to say whether Canada will bow out of its planned combat role in Iraq after six months or seek an ...

CF-18 Jets To Get Upgrades

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government says it will extend the life of its aging fleet of CF-18 fighters.The jets are an important component of Canada's defen...

Feds Balked At Cost Of Arctic Naval Base: Docs

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A new document shows the Defence Department balked after the price tag for a long-delayed docking and refuelling station in the Arctic balloo...

Canada Sending Non-Lethal Military Supplies To Ukraine

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Politics

TRENTON, Ont. - Canada is sending non-lethal military equipment to Ukraine to help the country protect its eastern border against Russian aggression, ...

Military Cuts Will Hurt Canada's Readiness, General Warns

CBC | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada Politics

The chief of defence staff and the deputy minister of national defence has warned the government that cuts to the Canadian Forces budget will effect r...

Tories' Return To Historic Military Ranks To Cost Millions

CBC | James Cudmore, CBC News | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada Politics

At a time of federal belt-tightening, the Conservative government's return to World War II-era ranks and insignia will require new dress uniforms...

No CF-18 Replacement Contract Until 2018

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A contract to replace Canada's aging fleet of jet fighters won't be finalized until at least 2018.The Harper government has released its long...

National Defence Ignored Solution To Suicide Probe Backlog

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - National Defence was told two years ago how to ease the backlog of investigations into military suicides — but the department chose to igno...

Ukraine Crisis Shows Canada Must Hike Defence Budget: Tory MP

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's foreign affairs minister expressed skepticism Thursday about Russian President Vladimir Putin's pledge to pull his country's troops ...

National Defence Breaks Promise To Soldier Who Attempted Suicide

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.04.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - National Defence has done an about-face and revoked an offer that would have allowed a soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder, who spoke...

Families Of Slain Soldiers Must Pay Own Way To Memorial: CTV

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Family members of soldiers who died while serving in Afghanistan have been told they will have to pay their own way to a special memorial in...

National Defence Forced To Ditch Years Of Work

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.30.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - National Defence was forced to throw over six years' worth of research and planning for its desperately-needed search and rescue plane out th...

Althia Raj

MacKay Toasted At Taxpayer-Funded Party

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — A 50-person guard of honour, the Canadian Forces' Central Band and a reception with waiters serving beef wellington, lobster in filo and ba...

Minister Apologizes To Mother Of Dead Soldier For 'Insensitive' Mistake

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Politics

HAMILTON - The mother of a dead Canadian soldier sent a one-penny payout cheque received a formal apology from Canada's defence minister on Thursday a...

1¢ Cheque Won't Happen Again, MP Vows

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The government blunder that delivered a one-cent cheque to the mother of a dead Canadian soldier will never be repeated, Defence Minister Rob...

One-Cent Cheque Sent To Dead Soldier's Mom

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's defence minister has apologized to the family of a soldier whose mother received a government cheque for one penny following her son...

Handful Of Mental-Health Workers Hired After Soldier Suicides

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - National Defence has hired seven mental-health workers who are among two dozen health professionals offered jobs after a series of suicides l...

War Of Words Over $72,000 In Moving Expenses

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A retired general who once led Canada's troops in Afghanistan is accusing the federal Conservatives of a "personal attack" over his moving ex...

Tories Criticize Defence Industry, Then Run Away

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.06.2014 | Canada Business

The defence industry hasn’t lived up to promises to invest in Canada’s economy, and essentially owes the country nearly $6 billion, Public Works M...

Tories Aim To Fix Totally Broken System

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The equipment needs of the Canadian military will be assessed with a more skeptical eye under the Harper government's new system of defence p...

No Sign Spy Agency Targets Canadians, Tory Minister Says

CBC | Laura Payton, CBC News | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Politics

Nothing in a document obtained by CBC News suggests Canada's communications spy agency used airport Wi-Fi to track Canadians, Defence Minister Rob Nic...

Military Team To Clear Backlog Of Suicide Investigations

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Defence Minister Rob Nicholson says the military has assembled a special team to clear the backlog of technical investigations into suicide...

Cadets Left Out In The Cold

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.25.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Military budget cuts are leaving cadets out in the cold, with a freeze on the purchase of parkas just as winter kicks in.A $2-million chop to...