Canada’s $15 Billion Saudi Arms Deal: What History Tells Us

T.J. Petrowski

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it is a “matter of principle” that Canada follows through with a $15 billion armaments deal with Saudi Arabia, a totalitarian state which funds international terrorism, stones women to death for the crime of being raped, and that leads the world in public beheadings. This decision has been sharply criticized by journalists, activists, and international organizations. In a public statement Amnesty International said that it has “good reason to fear that light armored vehicles supplied” to Saudi Arabia by Canada “are likely to be used in situations that would violate human rights” in both “neighboring countries” and for ‘suppressing demonstrations and unrest within Saudi Arabia.” Montreal students and a former Bloc Quebecois MP and law professor have filed a class action lawsuit to block the deal, citing that by selling weapons to countries with poor human rights records Canada is violating its own laws.


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1 Response to Canada’s $15 Billion Saudi Arms Deal: What History Tells Us

  1. beetleypete says:

    In the UK, Canada is viewed as little more than an extension of the USA, with more snow, and some French speakers. I wouldn’t expect their government to do anything else, really.
    The justification of the deal is simply laughable.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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