Foreign Affairs Committee hears virtually from Rideau Institute and other Civil Society groups on regulating Canada’s arms trade

RI President Peggy Mason, Justin Mohamed of Amnesty International and Cesar Jaramillo of Project Ploughshares testified virtually before the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade on Thursday 10 Dec 2020 as part of the Committee’s new study into how Canada regulates its weapons exports.

The study was occasioned in part by shocking revelations of Canadian drone targeting technology exported to Turkey, contrary to our own embargo, being diverted for use in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. All three organizations offered specific recommendations on how Canada can radically improve its procedures for determining whether a specific arms export should be approved.

The opening remarks by Peggy Mason begin at the 13.35 minute mark, followed by questions to all witnesses from the parliamentarians on the Committee: