Easy Rider star Peter Fonda dies at 79

first_imgWashington: US actor and filmmaker Peter Fonda, who became an international star in 1969 with “Easy Rider,” died at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 79. The cause of death was respiratory failure arising from lung cancer. “It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” the family said on Friday, Efe news reported. “In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts. And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life,” his family told the media. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “In honour of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom,” the family statement concluded, quoting a line from “Easy Rider.” Son of Hollywood giant Henry Fonda and younger brother of Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda entered show business in his early 20s, working on Broadway as well as in television and film. But he fell out of favour with big studios due to his long hair and drug use and spent years doing small-budget films until he was able to raise enough money to make “Easy Rider.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Starring Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson, the film was a global blockbuster. Fonda, Hopper – who also directed – and Terry Southern shared an Oscar nomination for best screenplay, while Nicholson was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Nearly three decades later, Fonda earned a Best Actor nomination for his performance in the highly acclaimed “Ulee’s Gold.” Fonda, in the guise of his Captain America persona from “Easy Rider,” became a counterculture icon alongside contemporaries such as Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, Muhammad Ali and John Lennon. “I am very sad. He was my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing,” Jane Fonda said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. Peter Fonda is survived by his third wife, Margaret DeVogelaere, and his children, Bridget Fonda and Justin Fonda. Both of the children appeared briefly in “Easy Rider” and Bridget went on to act in dozens of films as an adult, including “The Godfather III” and “Jackie Brown.”last_img read more

Viceadmiral leaked cabinet secrets to help ensure supply ship contract RCMP

first_imgOTTAWA – The military’s second-in-command leaked cabinet secrets to a shipbuilding executive as a means of pressuring the Liberal government to approve a $700-million contract, the RCMP alleges in newly disclosed court documents.The Mounties are accusing Vice-Adm. Mark Norman of using his position to provide cabinet confidences to Spencer Fraser, chief executive of a special arm of Quebec City shipyard Chantier Davie that was leading a tentative project to convert a civilian ship into an interim navy supply vessel.In turn, the information was passed on to lobbyists and the media with the aim of ensuring final federal approval of the project, RCMP Cpl. Matthieu Boulanger alleges in his Jan. 4 request for a warrant to search Norman’s house.An Ontario court had released a heavily censored version of the documents earlier this month. A fuller version was disclosed Wednesday after the Globe and Mail and other media outlets successfully argued in court that the public had a right to know more about the allegations.The RCMP request for a search warrant was part of a months-long investigation into how details of a Liberal cabinet meeting in November 2015 were passed on to defence lobbyists and the media.During that meeting, Liberal ministers decided to push pause on the controversial ship conversion project.“Norman was opposed to the delay in the (project) process proposed by cabinet and leaked information subject to cabinet confidence in order to achieve the result that he wanted personally,” Boulanger alleges in his request for the warrant.“Norman’s actions resulted in a circumvention of the established processes and procedures in place to ensure confidence in the cabinet,” going against the public good and constituting a breach of trust under the Criminal Code, he continues.Breach of trust is punishable by up to five years in prison.No charges have been laid against Norman, who was appointed vice-chief of the defence staff in August 2016, then abruptly suspended from that role without explanation on Jan. 16 by his superior officer, defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance.Norman’s lawyer, Marie Henein, said in a statement in February that the 36-year military officer “unequivocally denies any wrongdoing.”Notably, Boulanger says in the newly disclosed records that he has reason to believe “two government officials independently leaked classified information” about the vessel contract.The Conservative government had awarded the $700-million ship project to Chantier Davie without a competition after the navy’s previous two resupply vessels were forced into early retirement.The request to search Norman’s house came after the RCMP had already interviewed several senior Liberal cabinet ministers as well as influential Ottawa lobbyists about the apparent leak.The court documents indicate the Privy Council Office began investigating the leak after then-CBC radio reporter James Cudmore reported on Nov. 20, 2015, that the new Liberal government had put the interim ship project on hold.Liberal and government officials were particularly concerned that Cudmore’s report included key details from a secret cabinet committee meeting the day before in which that decision was made.The investigation was handed some weeks later to the RCMP.Boulanger writes in his search-warrant request that the contents of the meeting were protected by cabinet confidence and should not have been public knowledge.“Cudmore’s article clearly demonstrates a source privy to the discussions held during the committee meeting disclosed the confidential information to an unauthorized person after the committee meeting.”Cudmore became a policy adviser for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan in January 2016.RCMP officers interviewed Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Treasury Board President Scott Brison, both of whom said the leak had affected the ability to do their jobs.Brison is quoted as telling the Mounties that the news report “did an awful lot to limit our ability to really do what we’d [the committee] intended to do, and that is more due diligence on this.”The court documents show that the Liberals decided to pause the project amid intense backroom lobbying by Halifax-based Irving Shipyards and its rival Chantier Davie.The Conservatives had entered into an agreement with Chantier Davie in July 2015 after asking industry for ideas on filling the gap caused by the early loss of the navy’s two resupply ships.But emails obtained by the RCMP show Davie officials were worried in November 2015 that the new Liberal government would pull out after Irving urged several cabinet ministers to reconsider its proposal.The RCMP obtained the emails with search warrants against Davie and two Ottawa lobby firms it had hired for the project, Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Fleishman-Hillard Canada, as they sought to trace how the secret information was leaked.The emails, which were submitted to the court, show Davie officials Fraser and John Schmidt, as well as lobbyist Brian Mersereau of Hill+Knowlton, planning to fight back against Irving.That included, in Schmidt’s words, trying to “put pressure on Brison,” whose department holds the government’s purse strings.Personal emails leaked to several media outlets this month indicate Norman was extremely frustrated in November about the way the government and bureaucracy were handling the project.Norman, who was head of the Royal Canadian Navy at the time, even talked about resigning over the issue, but instead stayed on and took over as vice-chief of defence staff in August 2016.The Liberals ultimately decided to leave the shipbuilding project with Davie after it was revealed that the government would have to pay the shipyard $89 million if it were cancelled.The interim resupply ship is expected to be delivered this fall.— With files from Lee Berthiaumelast_img read more