Will they actually follow through, or will it just be empty words again?
As Canada – and the Western world’s relationship – with Saudi Arabia continues to deteriorate, Justin Trudeau says he’s seeking to end arms exports to Saudi Arabia.
Speaking to CTV, Trudeau said, “We are engaged with the export permits to try and see if there is a way of no longer exporting these vehicles to Saudi Arabia.”
While the words are still pretty weak, this is the furthest any politician with power in this country has gone in the direction of ending the arms sales.
Both the previous Conservative and the current Liberal governments were total hypocrites on this issue. The Conservatives approved the sale of the armoured vehicles to the Saudis, then criticized it after they lost power. The Liberals opposed the deal before they were elected, and then approved the export permits after they won.
So, if Trudeau is actually serious about ending the arms sales, then it would be a rare good move on his part.
The concern if the sales were ended would be the loss of jobs in Canada tied to the sale of the armoured vehicles, but that is an easy problem to solve. The Canadian military is massively under-equipped, and Canada could use more armoured vehicles. So, a new contract, procuring those vehicles for Canada could be signed. This would protect jobs, strengthen our ground forces, and end the sale of weapons to the horrific Saudi regime all at once.
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