when Cons were power. Making excuses for supplying $15 B worth of arms to the most disgusting nation on this our good Earth, will not cut it, definitely not with "thinking" Canadians. Where was Trudeau and the rest of his hypocrites when Harper+Cons were approving the deal? Are the Libs trying to get away from this major sin by pushing the entire blame on the Cons? Won't work. Power corrupts and Absolute Power corrupts Absolutely. Justin Trudeau is a hypocrite, a liar and worst of all he is a greedy, lying ham trying to appear like he is doing the "respectable" thing by keeping to an agreement.
Harper+Cons lost because of Israel and now Trudeau+Libs will lose because of Saudi Arabia.
Are our Canadian politicians fast becoming as utterly disgusting as those we often criticize from down South?
Needless to say, I am totally in sync with the following comment from Man-O-Man at the last link.
I couldn't agree more with Daniel Turp. This deal is a travesty and a huge mistake for Canada. I don't care about the 3,000 jobs in London. Let them join the 70,000 jobless in Alberta due to Saudi Arabia controlled oil prices. All parties are guilty on this - even the NDP who were told by the union in London to back off criticism of the deal. We need a socially responsible party that isn't controlled by unions in this country.
As Liberals defend Saudi arms deal, U.S. report highlights human rights concerns
Canada is applying a 'double standard' when it comes to human rights, Amnesty International says
The Liberal government continued to defend Canada's $15-billion sale of light-armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia as "a matter of principle," just as a new report highlighting the U.S government's concerns with widespread human rights violations in the kingdom was released this week.
"Fundamentally, this issue is a matter of principle," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from London, Ont., steps away from the company supplying the LAVs to Saudi Arabia. "The principle at play here is that Canada's word needs to mean something in the international community."
Trudeau maintained his government would respect the contract even if it was signed in 2014 under Stephen Harper's Conservatives.
"It is important that people know that when they sign a deal with Canada, that when they sign a commercial agreement, a change in government isn't going to lead to that contract being ripped up," Trudeau said on Thursday.
However, a new report highlighting the U.S government's concerns with human rights violations in Saudi Arabia could give critics of the contract more ammunition to put pressure on Canada to cancel it........
Neil Macdonald at CBC
On Saudi arms deal, the new boss in Ottawa is just like the old boss
Well. If further proof was needed that the sunny new regime in Ottawa is perfectly capable of behaving just like the un-sunny previous regime, we now have it, in a memo that was stamped "Secret," then rather inconveniently laid bare in the Federal Court of Canada.
The document, signed by Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion, is a gem of hair-splitting, parsing, wilful blindness and justification for selling billions worth of fighting vehicles and weaponry to Saudi Arabia, one of the most oppressive regimes on Earth.
It employs the death-merchant logic of a long list of other countries that have profited for decades by arming despots: The deal means jobs and the customer assures us it won't misuse the weapons and we can't prove otherwise.
Besides, anti-tank weapons and heavy machine-guns don't kill people; people kill people.
With a single checkmark, Dion concurred with everything in the memo.
Among other things, Dion explicitly endorses Saudi Arabia's ruinous military campaign in Yemen, the victims of which, according to the United Nations, are overwhelmingly civilian....
Reposting in light of today's arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Principled foreign policy indeed. via @iyad_elbaghdadi pic.twitter.com/IcqJlRNML7— Gerald Butts (@gmbutts) January 21, 2015
Saudi arms deal with Trudeau government leaves Daniel Turp 'astonished'
'There's something really unacceptable in the way things have been done,' Montreal law professor says
A Montreal law professor leading a court challenge against the federal government's Saudi arms deal says he's "astonished" by Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion's decision to approve most of the $15-billion combat vehicle order.
Daniel Turp filed for a judicial review of the deal last month in Federal Court, hoping a judge would block the sale due to the country's human rights violations.
"You would expect the government to await the decision of the court," Turp, a former Bloc Québécois MP, told CBC Montreal's Daybreak on Wednesday.
"There's something really unacceptable in the way things have been done."........