The UN Human Rights Council recently stated, “the legality of arms transfers by France, the U.K., the U.S. and other states remains questionable (to Saudi Arabia), and is the subject of various domestic court proceedings” to the extent of war crimes committed on Yemen’s citizens.
What a lucky save of embarrassment that the UN did not explicitly mention Canada’s name.
However the Canadian public has not forgotten the $15-billion arms and light armoured vehicles (tanks) sale Canada made to Saudi Arabia under the Justin Trudeau government, stemming from Stephen Harper’s time. The largest military contract Canada has ever had, what an honour. So much so that even Netflix comedian Hassan Minhaj of Patriot Act had to remind Justin Trudeau “to not sell any more arms to Saudi Arabia, period.”
Yes, the price to break the 15-year contract is $1 billion, but what brute can argue that’s not well worth the cost of keeping Canadian hands blood-free from the many children and innocent people lost and the 25 million people stricken with famine.
We love Canada. We love our economy. But we love humanity more. Break the contract.