Light armoured vehicle at a news conference at a General Dynamics facility in the Canadian city of London.
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Canada’s defence industry – economic priorities vs human rights


Even though Canada’s defence industry makes billions of dollars annually, most Canadians are not aware of the extent of defence exports, and some organizations like Project Ploughshares are concerned by where these exports are going.

The industry gets a lot of government help. And this past weekend a media report suggested Canada is increasingly looking at allowing military exports to developing countries to maintain the Canadian defence industry.

RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Kenneth Epps, the Senior Program Officer at the church-backed non-governmental organization Project Ploughshares about the Canadian defence industry and his organization’s concerns.

More information:
Postmedia News – Canada looks to weapons sales to developing countries to maintain domestic arms industry – here
Public Works Canada – Canada First: Leveraging Defence Procurement Through Key Industrial Capabilities (report) – here
Canadian government – Report on Exports of Military Goods from Canada – here
Canadian government – Controlled products: Military and Strategic Goods and Technology – here
Canadian government – Export Control List – here
Project Ploughshares website –

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