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International, Politics

Advocacy groups call on Canada to end arms sales to Saudi Arabia

As Canada formally acceded to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Tuesday, a coalition of Canadian civil society groups is calling on the federal government to cancel its multibillion contract to supply Saudi Arabia with advanced armoured vehicles. The coalition,» 

International, Politics

Canada plans to toughen arms-export rules but will honour Saudi arms deal: Freeland

The federal government has found no “conclusive” evidence Canadian-made armoured vehicles were used to commit human-rights violations in Saudi Arabia’s restive Eastern Province last summer, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told a parliamentary committee Thursday. That was the result of» 

International, Politics, Society

Government presents legislation to join Arms Trade Treaty

Almost a year after Ottawa announced that it is joining the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty(ATT), the Liberal government has introduced new legislation that will require Canadian companies that want to sell weapons through foreign subsidiaries get permission from the» 

International, Politics, Society

Canada to accede to UN Arms Trade Treaty

The Liberal government plans to introduce legislation for Canada to finally accede to the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion announced Thursday. The treaty came into force in December 2014 and seeks to regulate the» 

Economy, International, Politics, Society

Backdoor to U.S. allows Canada’s military industry to avoid laws on exports to Iraq

Canada’s military industry, which normally would be subject to Canada’s laws on exports to such countries as Iraq, has a backdoor loophole to avoiding those laws through sales to the United States, according to the non-governmental organization Project Ploughshares. The»