October 2015 election campaign : Justin Trudeau defends the Conservative government's $15B armoured combat vehicle deal with Saudi Arabia as being just about "jeeps".
Photo at right November 16 2015 : Saudi National Guard moving combat vehicles to Yemen border in November.
Are those our LAVs? Yes they are.
"... a retired Canadian general consulted by The Globe and Mail, who spoke on condition of anonymity, identified the LAVs being transported to Najran as fighting vehicles made by General Dynamics Land Systems.
Critics say having Canadian-made arms enmeshed in a conflict that has claimed more than 2,800 civilian lives should prompt Ottawa to rethink the recent $15-billion deal to sell hundreds or thousands more to the Saudis."
Doctors Without Borders MSF reports a third MSF hospital in Yemen bombed by Saudi coalition forces.
G&M April 12 2016 : Dion quietly approved arms sale to Saudi Arabia in April
From March 21 documents "...the department of Global Affairs recommended approval of the Saudi export permits because it could help Saudi Arabia wage war in neighbouring Yemen."CBC April 12 2016 Stéphane Dion approves export permits for $11B in LAVs to be sent to Saudi Arabia
Documents say past sales have not been linked to violations of civil or political rights in the kingdom
[Global Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion] said he can't block exports unless the armoured vehicles are being used against innocent civilians.So Global Affairs' "key partner for Canada""using Canadian-made combat vehicles against Yemeni rebels" five months ago isn't sufficient reason not to forge ahead with the deal Dion lied to Canadians about as long as we don't 'become aware' the new LAVs are similarly used in the future. Got it.
So far, he said, there is no evidence of that.
"Should I become aware of credible information of violations related to this equipment, I will suspend or revoke the permits," he said.
CBC April 13 2016 : Justin Trudeau says jobs in southern Ontario are dependent on the Saudi arms deal
And in what will come as a surprise to absolutely no one :
Reuters April 8 2016 : How Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen has made al Qaeda stronger – and richerSunni ways indeed.
Saturday Update from Mound of Sound : One More Thing About that Saudi Death Wagon Deal