The Canada-Wide Peace and Justice Network has just publicly named 28 companies across Canada involved in the arms trade to Saudi Arabia. It’s loathsome for Canadian companies to be profiting from arming the combatants in the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in Yemen.
The Network delivered this letter signed by 68 groups, representing 1mil people, to Justin Trudeau’s office on May 1. Conscience Canada is a proud signatory of this letter. We must end Canada’s complicity in the war on Yemen. Canada must stop arms shipments to Saudi Arabia immediately and expand humanitarian aid to Yemen’s people.
On Feb. 4 Biden announced the US would freeze all US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and end US support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen. Germany & Italy have halted arms trade to SA too.
JustinTrudeau it is your turn. For over 2 years you’ve received multiple letters in which dozens of groups representing millions who have repeatedly demanded Canada stop selling arms to the Saudis. We’ve petitioned, presented, protested, blocked arms. We’ve gotten NO ANSWER. Tell us—who do you answer to, who do you serve?
At the same time on Monday that activists delivered this letter to Trudeau demanding Canada stop the arms, Minister Karina Gould said “We must do everything possible” to help Yemen while announcing $69.9mil in aid. That is a drop in the bucket compared to the billions in arms we sell.
Canada is a leading weapons supplier to Saudi Arabia. Canada is the second-largest arms supplier to the entire Middle East. Canadian companies are currently profiting from arming the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in Yemen.
This must STOP!