Overseas Network, Dec. 17, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Dec. 16 that the Canadian government wanted to cancel the arms sales agreement with Saudi Arabia because of the murder of Saudi journalist Kashuji. However, his plan has drawn threats and warnings from American companies.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said for the first time in an interview broadcast on June 16 that his Liberal Party government was seeking to end the tens of billions of dollars worth of arms trade with Saudi Arabia, Reuters reported. We are studying export licenses to see if there is a way to stop exporting these cars to Saudi Arabia, he said.
Trudeaus plan was threatened by American military companies. General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), the main U.S. military vehicle manufacturer, warned today that the Canadian government would have to face billions of dollars in fines if Canada cancelled its arms sales contract with Saudi Arabia, according to a Russian website today.
The company also said in a statement that the Canadian Prime Ministers decision would also hit General Dynamics employees in its Canadian subsidiary and even threaten Canadas defense industry. Canada has not yet responded to the statement.
Foreign media said that Canada has been riding a tiger in arms sales with Saudi Arabia.
Earlier, after the murder of Saudi journalist Kashuji, some countries, including Germany, Denmark and Finland, stopped trading arms with Saudi Arabia, but Canada did not. At that time, Trudeau said, It is not very difficult to cancel or withdraw the arms sales agreement signed by the previous government. But Canadian taxpayers will have to spend a lot of money to pay for default. This statement was criticized by major human rights organizations, and Trudeaus political opponents insisted that Trudeau should conclude a general power agreement negotiated by the Conservative government before the end of the Yemeni war, citing the murder of journalist Kashuji and Saudi Arabias involvement in the war.
Now, Trudeaus attitude has changed dramatically, willing to push for an end to arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and bluntly said, The killing of journalists is absolutely unacceptable. But this shift is under pressure from American companies. Foreign media believe that the Canadian government is still facing difficult negotiations in order to solve this dilemma.
Reporter Kashuji entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to go through the marriage formalities and never came out. Saudi Arabia has admitted that Kashuji died of murder. Kashuji contributed to the Washington Post and other media during his lifetime.