Cancel the Saudi deal, and build up our own military.
Saudi Arabia claims they don’t want any ‘interference’ from Canada, yet they were glad to buy a bunch of armoured vehicles manufactured in Canada.
Indeed, the $15 BILLION deal certainly represents substantial ‘interference,’ since those vehicles will be used for the internal suppression of Saudi dissidents, and in Saudi Arabia’s war with Yemen.
Of course, that’s not the kind of ‘interference’ they mind.
Yet, that deal clearly didn’t generate any goodwill for Canada, as Saudi Arabia is now going crazy after a tweet criticizing their human rights record.
The fact is the deal was a huge mistake from the beginning. The Harper Conservatives were dead wrong to let it happen, and the Trudeau Liberals were wrong to sign the export permit allowing it to go through.
Thankfully, that’s a mistake that can be reversed.
With many vehicles still not delivered, the Federal Government could easily block it, and that’s exactly what they should do. Additionally, they should issue a total ban on all weapon sales to Saudi Arabia.
The concern with that would be the potential job losses, but there is a simple solution there:
Buy those vehicles for the Canadian military.
The armoured vehicles would still be built, the jobs would still be created, and best of all, it would go towards building up Canada’s massively underfunded military – strengthening our national power and leverage – which is currently shockingly weak.
This would have a cost, but spending restraint in bureaucratic hiring would easily free up many billions of dollars that could be used to build up Canada’s armed forces, create jobs in Canada, and strengthen our domestic defence industry.
As I said on Twitter, we must become a stronger country militarily:
“If Canada actually built up our military, our defence industry wouldn’t be so desperate to sell weapons to the Saudis. Weakness at home has serious consequences. If we truly value our beautiful country, we must have the strength to defend it.”
If Canada actually built up our military, our defence industry wouldn’t be so desperate to sell weapons to the Saudis. Weakness at home has serious consequences. If we truly value our beautiful country, we must have the strength to defend it.
— Spencer Fernando 🇨🇦 (@SpencerFernando) August 6, 2018
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