Trudeau in LAV Land
Despite the concerted public outcry, it was inevitable that Canada's $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia would stick to the Trudeau Liberals. The Harper government approved the sale in 2014, but it was Stéphane Dion who signed off on the export permits. Now it appears that LAVs built by General Dynamics Canada have been deployed by the Saudi government against rebels in the country's Eastern Province. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is "deeply concerned." Her Tory and NDP critics smell blood. But they also know that killing $15-billion in military R&D and manufacturing jobs could be political suicide. The fuselages of the Arrow prototypes cannot be salvaged quickly enough for Trudeau & Co.