With each new reported Saudi atrocity, Canadian leaders dig in their heels and issue earnest statements about "troubling" revelations, and respect for human rights and the rule of law.
Every December, the holiday season is infused with militarism, from the military jet flyovers of sports events and the mini arsenal in your local toy store, to the hijacking of Santa Claus.
Trudeau's cheery offer at the UN to bring peace to the world fell flat in light of his government's "principled" commitment to sell billions in weapons and blanket militarism.
In a reminder that the warfare state is never affected by who gets elected in Canada, the Trudeau Liberals are about to embark on a militaristic spending spree that will draw no opposition.
"I understand why you are here. It's a horrible deal." Canada's continued participation in the arms trade needs to end. Kevin Shimmin offers his experience and perspective.
Actions in Ottawa and Montreal target CANSEC 2016 and Canada's involvement in the global arms trade, specifically the controversial deal with Saudi Arabia.
Not only is Ottawa arming Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait, a Canadian tech firm is censoring human rights and dissent information on the Internet.
Trudeau was elected by promising "real change," including cancelling Harper's fighter jet contracts. So far the Liberals refuse to cancel Harper's $15-billion arms deal to the Saudi dictatorship.
Saudi Arabia, our Middle Eastern allies, just killed 47 people deemed "terrorists" in a single day. And Canada just sold Saudi Arabia $15 billion in weapons.
Saudi Arabia is one of the worst human rights violators on the planet. So why do we continue to arm it?