Trudeau argues that sale of more than 900 armored vehicle is in line with Canadas foreign and defense policies
Justin Trudeau has represented his government’s decision to sign off on sales of more than 900 armored vehicle- including dozens described as” heavy assault” and furnished with guns- to Saudi Arabia, arguing that the bargain are consistent with those with Canada’s foreign and apology policies.
The C $15 bn ($ 11.63 bn) bargain- struck by the previous Conservative government in 2014 and given the green light after Trudeau became prime minister- has been in the spotlight in recent years amid growing concerns about Riyadh’s human rights record.
Documents obtained lately by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation offered a glimpse into the opaque 2014 correspondence implying General Dynamics Land Systems are stationed in London, Ontario.
The initial ordering was for hundreds of light armoured vehicles, including 119 described as” heavy assault” with 105 -millimetre guns. Another 119 of the vehicles were configured as “anti-tank” while 119 featured a two-man turret and 30 mm series gun and were designated as” direct fuel” subscribe.
The agreement may have been modified since it was drawn up in 2014, the CBC observed. Delivery of the vehicles was slated to begin in 2017.
The shows were put to Trudeau by opposition legislators on Tuesday in the House of Commons. Helene Laverdiere of the New Democratic party pointed to reports of the kingdom’s attacks on its own civilians as well as the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, where conflict has killed more than 10,000 parties and displaced more than 3 million.
” So I am asking the “ministers “, what does he think about Canada potentially being complicit in international human rights violations ?” Laverdiere expected .” How can we say Canada’s foreign policy is progressive and feminist when we continue to sell forearms to Saudi Arabia ?”
Trudeau responded by arguing that his government had little alternative but to respect the contract signed by the previous government.” Lets are merely approved if the exports are consistent with our foreign and apology policies, including human rights ,” mentioned Trudeau.” Our approaching fully meets “the member states national” the responsibilities and Canadian statutes .”
Cesar Jaramillo of Project Ploughshares, a Canadian disarmament group, described Trudeau’s response as” shortcoming logic “, as it is up to his government to set out the parameters of Canada’s foreign and defence policy.
” We also think it flies in the look of this feminist agenda of the Canadian authority, which is now being sold as the centrepiece of Canadian foreign policy. Yet at exactly the same meter we are arming one of “the worlds largest” repressive regimes on the planet for women ,” read Jaramillo.” So I think there’s a clearly defined spread between the hyperbole and the action of the Canadian government .”
The deal came under renewed investigation last-place summertime ,~ ATAGEND after videos and photos posted on social media supposedly showed Riyadh utilizing Canadian-made equipment in a violent crackdown on minority Shia dissenters in east Saudi Arabia.
After launching investigation into the cases, Canada’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said in February that no incontrovertible evidence had been found to suggest that vehicles attained in Canada were being used to violate human rights in the realm. The government has since rejects to secrete a imitation of police investigations, despite activists’ themes over how it arrived at its conclusion.
As the international organisations that trail human rights continue to rank Saudi Arabia among the world’s worst violators, countries such as Germany and Belgium have disclaimed export applications for arms headed to Saudi Arabia. In 2015, Sweden cancelled a longstanding apology agreement with the Saudis, citing similar concerns.
On Tuesday Donald Trump touted US arms sales to Riyadh as he accepted Saudi Arabia’s crown prince to Washington .” Saudi Arabia is a extremely wealthy person, and they’re going to give the United States some of that abundance, hopefully, in the form of jobs, in accordance with the arrangements of the acquisition of the most significant military gear in all regions of the world ,” the US president told reporters.