Trudeau supports his governmental policies of Canada’ arms sales to Saudi Arabia as he signs-off of more than 900 armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia. This includes much heavy assault, cannons, and equipped arm-materials. He also argues about this saying that these are a part of Canada’s foreign and Defence policies.
The C$15bn ($11.63bn) deal was previously being forgotten since the Conservative government set-in in 2014. Trudeau after becoming prime minister has lightened this deal which concerns with the Riyadh’s human rights record.
Some documents obtained by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation which showed the structure of 2014 agreement including General Dynamics Land Systems based in London, Ontario
The first decision that was made for this sale include some hundred light armored vehicles, 119 heavy assaults with 105-millimeter cannons, 119 vehicles were regarded as anti-tank materials, another 119 were of a two-man turret, also included 30mm chain guns which were used as a quick-fire support system.
Though the agreement had been modified since the first contract signed up in 2014, the actual changes began to schedule in 2017 for the sales of armored vehicles.
Trudeau was exposed to this cause by the opposition politicians on Tuesday in the House of Commons. Hélène Laverdière of the New Democratic party revealed some reports about Saudi Arabia, including a Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, where a riot caused the death of more than 10,000 people and projected out some 3 million people out of the area.
“So, I am asking the prime minister, what does he think about Canada potentially being complicit in international human rights violations?” Laverdière asked. “How can we say Canada’s foreign policy is progressive and feminist when we continue to sell arms to Saudi Arabia?”
Trudeau responded to this in a different way as he said that he has no other option just to hold onto the agreement contracted by the then Canadian government. “Permits are only approved if the exports are consistent with our foreign and Defence policies, including human rights,” said Trudeau. “Our approach fully meets our national obligations and Canadian laws.”
Cesar Jaramillo of Project Ploughshares, a Canadian disarmament group, used a term “flawed logic” for the response of Trudeau as it is the period of Trudeau government so he can set up what he wants to in Canada’s foreign and Defence policy.
“We also think it flies in the face of this feminist agenda of the Canadian government, which is now being sold as the centerpiece of Canadian foreign policy. Yet at exactly the same time we are arming one of the most repressive regimes on the planet for women,” said Jaramillo. “So, I think there’s a clear gap between the rhetoric and the action of the Canadian government.”
The deal was decided to renew in the last summer when many photos and videos leaked on a social media showing that Riyadh was using these Canadian armed vehicles in a violent action against some Shia minority protestors, living in an eastern Saudi Arabia.
Canada’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said in February that there was no pure and accurate investigation and conclusion for Riyadh’s use of Canadian armed vehicles against disrupting human rights in the Kingdom. The government also never released a blank and white copy of the investigation in spite of many chaoses among the questioners.
According to Human Rights International Organizations, Saudi Arabia is among those countries where worst violators are projected. Countries like Germany and Belgium have also canceled the export of arms to Saudi Arabia. Also, in 2015, Sweden also withdrew the Defence agreement with Saudi Arabia because of the similar cause – the agreement which had been carrying on for many years.
On contrary, Britain keeps on going with the arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the 2017 sales data showed a high of £1.1bn ($1.56bn).
On Tuesday, Donald Trump happily advertised the US arms sales to Riyadh as he stood hand in hand with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince in Washington. “Saudi Arabia is a very wealthy nation, and they’re going to give the United States some of that wealth, hopefully, in the form of jobs, in the form of the purchase of the finest military equipment anywhere in the world,” the US president told reporters.Keep going with us through MKTLIST.
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