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