Should Canada be doing business with Saudi Arabia? Michael’s essay
The Conservative government’s drive to expand Canada’s arms industry is drawing on diplomats, government trade representatives, and senior ministers to aid Canadian companies as they aggressively pursue military exports to unsavoury regimes.
The Harper government is celebrating a recent $10-billion deal to sell Canadian-built armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, a country routinely condemned for its human rights abuses.
The Harper government is clearing the path for the sale of Canadian-made light armoured vehicles to the government of Colombia.
Figures tabled in parliament confirm that Canadian arms sales to Saudi Arabia skyrocketed last year, with more than $4 billion in sales approved to the Middle East monarchy.
The Rideau Institute is calling on the Canadian government to prevent further shipments to Saudi Arabia of military vehicles made in Canada, and to institute an embargo on the export of all military goods to the region during the current political turmoil. On March 14, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates entered […]