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“We Will Honour Our Good Name”: The Trudeau Government, Arms Exports, and Human Rights

  • Jennifer Pedersen
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Part of the Canada and International Affairs book series (CIAF)

Abstract

This chapter examines the political debate surrounding Canadian arms exports to Saudi Arabia over the first two years of the Trudeau government. It focuses on how critics, particularly the New Democratic Party, challenged the Liberal government’s narrative in the House of Commons and unsuccessfully tried to improve parliamentary oversight of Canadian arms exports. The chapter discusses troubling reports of misuse of Canadian arms against civilians in Saudi Arabia and in Yemen, and examines problems with the government’s proposed legislation to accede to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The argument is that there is a gap between the Liberal government’s rhetoric on human rights and its actions with regard to arms exports to Saudi Arabia. The overall picture reveals a confused, inconsistent, and disappointing Liberal policy on arms exports, amounting to a failure of Trudeau’s foreign policy.

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