Posts Tagged ‘Saudi Arabia’

Yemen’s War: A Test for Canada, and We’re Flunking

August 18, 2016

On its website about our embassy in Saudi Arabia, the Canadian governmentsays, with a straight face: “Canada and Saudi Arabia share common interests on many peace and security issues, including energy security, humanitarian affairs (including refugees) and counter-terrorism. The Saudi government plays an important role in promoting regional peace and stability.”

As for Yemen, Canadians are warned: “Global Affairs Canada advises against all travel to Yemen.” The reasons why “the security situation has deteriorated significantly” go unexplained.

The Big, Fat Saudi-Arms-Deal Spin

April 18, 2016

According to Prime Minister Trudeau, proceeding with the multi-billion dollar arms deal with human rights violator Saudi Arabia is “a matter of principle.” When have we heard this before? Ah yes, the previous government.

General Dynamics LAV III in AfghanistanWill Canada Follow Through With Its $15 Billion Saudi Arms Deal?

February 12, 2016

In 2014, Stephen Harper’s Conservative government signed a controversial $15 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Two years later, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals are in charge, but have so far refused to cancel the contract. Now, observers suggest that the issue might be the first real test of Trudeau’s foreign policy mettle.

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Canada ‘no intention’ to cancel $15bn arms deal with Saudi Arabia – despite condemning execution of 47

January 5, 2016

The Canadian government has “no intention” of cancelling a controversial $15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia despite decrying the oil-rich kingdom’s execution of 47 prisoners, according to reports.