Stop Selling Weapons To Saudi Arabia: Cotler


Irwin Cotler, a prominent human rights lawyer, professor, and former Liberal government cabinet member, is calling for an end to Canadian arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

As Cotler told the Globe & Mail“I don’t think we should be [undertaking] arms sales with a country that is engaged in major human-rights violations.”

Cotler’s comments come after reports that Saudi Arabia was using Canadian-made Terradyne Armored Vehicles in a brutal crackdown on their own citizens. Both the Harper government and Trudeau governments moved the sale of the armored vehicles forward, despite repeated warnings that Saudi Arabia would use the weapons to suppress dissent.

While the Saudi regime gave “assurances” that the vehicles wouldn’t be used in that way, those assurances were revealed to be total lies – as anyone who understands the dishonesty of the Saudi regime could have expected.

Clearly, given Saudi Arabia’s horrible treatment of women, religious minorities, and lgbt people, and their financial backing for Wahhabist Islam – which contributes to terrorism around the world – Canada should have nothing to do with that country. We shouldn’t trade with them at all, let alone sell weapons and armored vehicles to them.

While Cotler doesn’t go quite as far, telling the Globe & Mail, “I am not saying we shouldn’t be trading with Saudi Arabia. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be engaging with Saudi Arabia. I’m just saying we shouldn’t be selling any more arms to Saudi Arabia,” he is at least expressing more of a moral backbone than the current government – who campaigned against the sale and then approved it while in office.

The same report points out that Sweden (despite being unwilling to take many stands against political correctness or Islamism), is pushing legislation that would “curb arms sales to autocratic or non-democratic regimes,” with Saudi Arabia likely to be heavily impacted. If even Sweden can find the guts to stop selling weapons to the Saudi’s, Canada has no excuse not to do the right thing.

Saudi Arabia is a competitor, not an ally

The position taken by successive Canadian governments towards Saudi Arabia is not only morally reprehensible, but it is strategically flawed. Saudi Arabia is a competitor in the energy market, and their support of terrorism puts us in danger.

And yet, we import oil from the Saudi Arabia, enriching their barbaric regime while wasting an opportunity to be fully energy self-sufficient and support the Canadian energy industry.

Common sense, and our national interest dictates that we end all ties with Saudi Arabia, build up our own oil industry, and stop selling weapons to them ever again. We should demand nothing less from those who seek to “lead” our country.

Spencer Fernando

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  1. While Cotler is right and has been against this contract as have many Canadians, one has to ask, what is the cost of the “poison pill” cancellation fee that Harper agreed to without our knowledge.If the contract is worth $15bn a 2% penalty for non delivery would cost the Canadian Taxpayer $300 million.

    Harper promised openness and transparency now we are faced with an egregiously horrendous bill for his flippant callousness and disregard for Canada’s taxpayers.
    Harper did promise “you wont recognize Canada when I am finished”..we were forewarned.

    If the contract is terminated by Canada you can count on Andrew Scheer not to accept responsibility for Harpers decisions but to criticize the Liberals for honouring the contract and further will argue against paying any penalty and further argue for negotiating a lesser penalty while making the taxpayer pay horrendous additional legal fees.
    Scheer does not have taxpayers interests in mind. He seeks only to further his political fortunes at taxpayer expense.

  2. “I don’t think we should be [undertaking] arms sales with a country that is engaged in major human-rights violations.”

    – Nor should Canada be selling advanced satellite technology, secret laser technology and Seniors Citizen Housing corporations to the Chinese Government, a country that is also engaged in major human-rights violations. Nor should Trudeau give blanket permission for the proven criminal Industrial and Commercial Bank of China to be established in Canada. Two branches in Vancouver. Substantial donations to the Justin Trudeau Benefit Fund.

    All Canadians are waiting for the word to be leaked that Trudeau will have sold many Canadian airports to China. The strikers in Ce ntral Canada have to take note that if Trudeau sells out canadian airports to his Chinese donors, the new owners will NOT tolerate unacceptable behavior like strikes. The armed Chinese Airport Security Guards will simply open fire.

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