Cana­di­ans want end to arms trade with Saudi Ara­bia, new sur­vey finds

StarMetro Vancouver - - VANCOUVER - JENNY PENG

Ja­mal Khashoggi’s mur­der, a new sur­vey has found Cana­di­ans to be against ex­port­ing mil­i­tary tech­nol­ogy to Saudi Ara­bia.

In an on­line sur­vey by the An­gus Reid In­sti­tute, Cana­di­ans ex­pressed “to­tal una­nim­ity” about pro­hibit­ing the sale of weapons and de­fence equip­ment to the Mid­dle East­ern coun­try.

Nearly half of re­spon­dents agreed the fed­eral gov­ern­ment should scrap a 15-year arms deals worth $15 bil­lion and “be even more vo­cal in crit­i­ciz­ing Saudi Ara­bia for its hu­man-rights abuses.”

The num­ber of Cana­di­ans who say their coun­try should not sell mil­i­tary tech­nol­ogy to Saudi Ara­bia has jumped by 14 per cent since last year to 76 per cent.

Shachi Kurl, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the in­sti­tute, said find­ings re­flect con­cerns about Saudi Ara­bia, es­pe­cially with re­gard to hu­man­rights abuses in the war in Ye­men. She said Cana­di­ans are also con­cerned that Cana­dian-made ve­hi­cles may have been used to sup­press dis­sent in Saudi Ara­bia.

“These are fac­tors that cer­tainly in­crease a grow­ing sense of un­ease,” she added.

More on the sur­vey at thes­tar.com/van­cou­ver

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