Canada Conceals Provision of Military Resources Under Arms Deal With Riyadh


SHAFAQNA – The Canadian government keeps silent on the provision of military bases, staff, and resources to test-drive the heavily armoured military vehicles being purchased by the Saudi government, media reported Tuesday.

The deal between Canada and Saudi Arabia on supplies of Light Armored Vehicles (LAV) was prepared and signed in 2013-2014 fiscal year. It is worth some $15 billion and is said to be the largest arms contract in Canada’s history. Last year, the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) brokered a deal for LAVs to be manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) based in the United States to be purchased by Saudi Arabia.

“GDLS-C requires the use of a suitable Canadian Forces Base… [as well as] support, staff coordination, administrative and logistics assistance,” a memo prepared for Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland and obtained by VICE News reads.

According to the documents obtained by the broadcaster, the test-drive is being carried out using Canadian Forces facilities, while the Department of National Defence only allows for the use of its bases for non-disturbing activities.

The documents reveal that the deal, formally arranged between GDLS Canada and the Saudi government, was in fact an agreement between Canada and Saudi Arabia.

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