When It Comes To Arms Exports, Canada Isn't 'Back'

Canadians have high expectations for the new Liberal government, especially when it comes to human rights and foreign policy. After a decade of regressive policies from the Conservatives, many expected the Liberals to take a new, ethical approach to foreign affairs. The reality, however, is more than disappointing. The Liberals have shown that when it comes to human rights and the arms trade, they prefer to look the other way. Canadian weapons exports nearly doubled over the last ten years, with Saudi Arabia becoming the world’s second-largest buyer of Canadian-made military equipment, after the United States. And Canada is now the second-largest arms dealer in the Middle East . Over the past months we have learned a number of alarming details about Canada’s arms exports to Saudi Arabia — exports given the green light by Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion — and other countries with bad human rights records.

Canadians …