OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking in an interview that aired on Sunday, said for the first time that his Liberal government was looking for a way out of a multibillion-dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
The comments represented a notable hardening in tone from Trudeau, who previously said there would be huge penalties for scrapping the $13 billion agreement for armored vehicles made by the Canadian unit of General Dynamics Corp.
Last month, Trudeau said Canada could freeze the relevant export permits if it concluded the weapons had been misused.
“We are engaged with the export permits to try and see if there is a way of no longer exporting these vehicles to Saudi Arabia,” Trudeau told CTV. He did not give further details.
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Update #1: Trudeau says Canada trying to end arms contract with Saudi Arabia (Globe and Mail)
Update #2: Trudeau Says Canada Wants Out of Saudi Vehicle Export Deal (Bloomberg)
WNU Editor: The Canadian government has been lobbying for the past two years to get a seat on the UN’s Security Council. Here is an obvious statement. You do not get it by ticking-off the two major super-powers in the world, and the Arab bloc with its allies that support Saudi Arabia.