Please sign: Stop Canadian arms shipments to Saudi Arabia

The horrific political assassination of Washington Post journalist and Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi – almost certainly on the orders of Crown Prince and de factor ruler of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman – has shone a much-needed global light on the shocking conduct of one of the world’s most repressive regimes.

Sweden, Norway, Belgium and Finland had already suspended arms shipments to Saudi Arabia because of that country’s ongoing war crimes in Yemen, where 14 million people are now at risk of famine. Germany became the latest to do so in the wake of the monstrous Khashoggi murder and is calling on other countries to follow its example.

What of Canada?

We can make a real difference. Stopping our military exports will impede Saudi Arabia’s military capacity to continue to wreak havoc in Yemen. It would also be a powerful, tangible, positive demonstration of support for human rights and the rule of law, at a time when they are under global attack.


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20 Responses to “Please sign: Stop Canadian arms shipments to Saudi Arabia”

  1. Jon AllanNovember 2, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

    What Saudi Arabia is doing is horrifying, especially under MBS. And yet Canada’s government is about to continue the sale of weapons to this disgusting country. This mustn’t happen.

    Germany had the integrity to stop their weapons sales to KSA. We need to remember that not only is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia a vile, backwards country, especially to women, it is also the primary instigator of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, currently the worst in the world.

    North Korea isn’t the world’s biggest issue. Iran isn’t an issue at all. There is no bigger threat to democracy or democratic principles than Saudi Arabia. It’s a complete travesty that the West continues to conduct diplomatic relations with the KSA, let alone trade.

    In no uncertain terms should we hold back from criticizing what should be a pariah state. The benefit of their geopolitical allegiance be damned.

    F*ck Saudi Arabia.

  2. Prodyot GuhaNovember 1, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

    The selling of weapons to the Saudis is totally against Canadian values. Compliance with letter of laws and not the spirit is non compliance.

  3. Marie DellaVedovaNovember 1, 2018 at 7:48 pm #

    Saudi Arabia is a horrible regressive regime that Canada must disassociate itself from. We must not contribute to it’s shocking conduct by selling arms that will be used to wreck further havoc and so much killing in Yemen. Cancel the contract please!

  4. Mary Jane EasonNovember 1, 2018 at 6:11 pm #

    If Canada aims to be a peacemaking country it should not be complicit in the abuse of human rights of such magnitude. If Canada continues to support such brutal regimes such as Saudi Arabia, by providing them with weapons or tanks, then our government has lost its moral compass. I think the exposure of brutal regimes such as Saudi Arabia has also unveiled our lack of integrity, our lack of moral principles and our guilt in the crimes that are being committed. Where do you stand as Prime Minister of Canada and what has your outspoken Minister of Foreign Affairs have to say? Canadian complicity in brutality and trampling of human rights must stop now.

  5. Donna m cawkerNovember 1, 2018 at 9:45 am #

    I am horrified by the actions of the Saudi establishment. We only condone by selling arms and buying oil from this country. Our trade deals should benefit all, not just the wealthy and oppressive governments. Let’s clean up our actions to benefit all of humanity.

  6. David NicholsonOctober 31, 2018 at 10:02 pm #

    Words alone cannot suffice to deal with such vile criminality. Actions are essential.

  7. margsviewOctober 31, 2018 at 9:57 pm #

    Hard to make sense of trying to demand the cancellation of the Saudi contract when our governments have been lock-step with the US, on various displays of ‘wink-wink’, ‘nudge-nudge’, sets of lies, called ‘regime changes’.
    You see the problem with constant lying is that, there will come a time when belief is needed, but none will. That is true chaos.

  8. Angus CunninghamOctober 31, 2018 at 8:40 pm #

    We will have to satnd against thuggish fascism sooner or later. Sooner would be better

  9. Paul WhittakerOctober 31, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

    anyone supplying arms to Saudi is complicit in war crimes.

  10. Marilee DeLombardOctober 31, 2018 at 7:20 pm #

    Canada is better than this. Do what is right and cancel this contract.

  11. Brian FergusonOctober 31, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

    We must discourage barbarian and inhumane genocidal behaviour such as Saudi Arabia is perpetrating on Yemen and its civilian population. It’s time to shame Saudi Arabia on the international stage by ceasing shipment of all military armaments from Canada.

  12. Anne StreeterOctober 31, 2018 at 6:35 pm #

    CANCEL IMMEDIATELY!!

    • Paul SosiakNovember 5, 2018 at 9:55 am #

      AMEN SISTER!!!

  13. B. Maurene WhiteOctober 31, 2018 at 6:32 pm #

    Cancel and boycott Saudi I will March with Raging Grannies tomorrow to push for cancelling the arms sale contract..

    • John ParryNovember 1, 2018 at 7:51 am #

      WtG folks !

  14. Elaine GibsonOctober 31, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

    Cancel the order.

    It’s what all the people that I know want. Otherwise the killing, horror, destruction will continue and continue and continue and……….

  15. G.J.LewisOctober 31, 2018 at 6:00 pm #

    It is high time to cancel the contract with Saudi Arabia.
    Excuses no longer work.

  16. Dr Lorraine CodeOctober 31, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

    Cancel the contract with Saudi Arabia

  17. Gerry LacroixOctober 31, 2018 at 5:16 pm #

    Please do what is right for all Canadians and confront the Saudis by cancelling this contract.

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