SHOULD CANADA BE IN THE ARMS BUSINESS?

Were you aware that Canada is the world’s 12-largest exporter of arms?   Between 2006 and 2009 Canada exported some $1.4 billion of miliary gear.  Most of these guns, bombs, aircraft and armoured vehicles went to close NATO countries like the U.S. and Britain but Canadian arms also found their way to human rights abusers – including Saudi Arabia, China, Libya and Tunisia.  Bell helicopters and Bombardier jets were big sellers, as were aircraft engines from Pratt & Whitney.

Canada also exported nearly quarter-billion dollars worth of guns, bombs and ammunition from 2007 to 2009, to countries ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

In 2009, Libya purchased more than $6,000 worth ofg heavy guns and ammunition, and $80,000 worth of training devices.  The figure suggests Libya was being looked upon as a new market. 

It now emerges that Armoured vehicles sold to Saudi Arabia have been deployed to Bahrain to help prop up the King’s besieged regime.

Does our export business need to be propped up by the profit from arms’ sales?

Should Canada be in the arms business at all?

Should we get out of the arms business altogether?

What do you think?

4 Comments »

  1. 1

    “Were you aware that Canada is the world’s 12-largest exporter of arms?”

    We’re down to number 12? There was a time when we were much closer to the top.

    And yes, I knew that. It’s only one of the reasons I shake my head over the anti-gun laws in this country — oh! the hypocrisy!

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:

    Actually, these figures represent a significant spike in sales from 2008 to 2009, when Canada was the 15th largest international arms dealer.

  3. 3

    During the seventies, we were somewhere in the top five.

  4. 4
    Trev Says:

    Methinks it interesting that the main player in the UK arms industry is BAE and the main player in Canada one is CAE…


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