5) CANADA'S SHAMEFUL HYPOCRISY ON SAUDI ARABIA


People's Voice Editorial

 

PM Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland are trying to appear "shocked and appalled" at the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by top-level Saudi operatives. But despite their image as bringers of peace and light to the world stage, the real track record of the federal Liberals is shameful. This government maintains close ties with the pro-fascist leaders who seized power four years ago in Kiev, and with the Israeli Zionist apartheid regime which brutally crushes the Palestinian people on a daily basis. Freeland is one of the most vocal cheerleaders for Washington's efforts to topple democratically elected governments in Latin America which refuse to toe the US imperialist line.


When the Liberals were elected, they refused to block the sale of $15 billion worth of tanks built by London, Ontario-based General Dynamics Land Systems Canada to the monarchy of Saudi Arabia, which was mobilizing reactionary Arab states to intervene in Yemen's internal conflict. So we are not surprised to see PM Trudeau wring his hands in mock despair over the Khashoggi murder. "It’s “very difficult to suspend or leave that contract,” Trudeau says, calling the situation “incredibly frustrating.”


Meanwhile, Canada's business partners are destroying Yemen, with catastrophic consequences. The UN has declared a "level-three" emergency, and human rights groups repeatedly blame the Saudi-led military coalition for air strikes which kill civilians, and destroy health centers and other infrastructure. The Saudi blockade has left 20 million Yemenis (three-quarters of the population) in urgent need of food, water and medical aid. Over 2,500,000 people have been internally displaced, and famine and disease threaten to kill millions.


This is one of the worst humanitarian disasters of our times. The federal Liberals must be told to stop following Donald Trump's lead, and cancel the production and sale of tanks to the murderous Saudi regime.

 

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